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Vorstadtvarieté – Die Amsel von Lichtental
Feature Film, AT 1935, Schwarzweiß, 93 min., dOF
Diagonale 2019

Director: Werner Hochbaum
Script: Werner Hochbaum, Ernst Neubach
Cast: Mathias Wiemann, Luise Ullrich, Oskar Sima, lina Woiwoide, Olly Gebauer, Hans Moser
Camera: Eduard Hoesch
Editor: Ludolf Grisebach
Location Sound: Alfred Norkus
Music: Anton Profes
Production: Styria-Film


The Viennese girl, a trope of femininity that appeared in the literature of Arthur Schnitzler, achieved a crucial role in film—mainly in the interwar period. In Werner Hochbaum’s Vorstadtvarieté – Die Amsel von Lichtental, the folk singer Mizzi Ebeseder becomes the victim of a patriarchal, military- influenced class system and makes visible its rigidity. In Willi Forst’s Maskerade, on the contrary, the Viennese girl Leopoldine Dur selflessly saves her sweetheart from a scandal and forfeits all of her critical potential.

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