SKU 984

VERSPRICH MIR NICHTS (Don't Promise Me Anything) (1937) * with switchable English subtitles *

Luise Ullrich, Viktor de Kowa and Heinrich George

Also known as Promise Me Nothing, this labyrinthine drama was adapted from a long-running stage play by Thea von Harbou of Metropolis and Dr. Mabuse fame.  Viktor de Kowa stars as impoverished artist Martin Pratt, who is so preoccupied by his work that he fails to notice that his wife Monika is literally starving to death.  Making matters worse, Martin cares nothing for money, refusing to sell his paintings because he feels they aren't yet good enough for public consumption.  In desperation, Monika pretends that Martin's painting were completed by her, thereby allowing her to peddle them on her own.  Soon, of course, Monika is being hailed as the foremost artistic genius of the age -- while Martin, seething with jealousy, but too proud to expose his wife as a fraud, retreats further and further into himself.  Eventually, Monika's conscience gets the better of her, and she confesses that the paintings were the handiwork of her husband.  Rather amazingly, this leads to a happy ending for both hero and heroine, indicating that anything's possible in the movies.

Erste Regiearbeit von Wolfgang Liebeneiner: Ein Maler mag seine eigenen Bilder nicht und will sie nicht verkaufen. Daher sind er und seine Frau arm wie Kirchenmäuse. Als die wirtschaftliche Not zu groß wird, gibt die Frau die Bilder des Malers als ihre eigenen aus und geht damit zu einem Kunsthändler, der in sie verliebt ist. Der verkauft die Bilder und verschafft dem Ehepaar damit ein großartiges Einkommen. Aber dann bekommt die Frau einen großen Auftrag für ein Wandgemälde, den natürlich ihr Mann ausführen muss. Als es zum Streit kommt, kommt alles heraus. 

DVD-R is in German with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 98 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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