Gabriela (1950)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Gabriela (Zarah Leander) is a popular nightclub singer who has recently divorced her millionaire husband Thomas Lorenzen (Siegfried Breuer). Just before running off with her lover, pianist Charlie (Carl Raddatz), Gabriela kidnaps her own daughter Andrea (Vera Molnar), who'd been left in her father's custody. Leaving her daughter in the care of a kindly mountain family, Gabriela and Charlie embark on a decade-long series of trials and tribulations, with occasional pauses for songs. A major box-office hit in Germany, Gabriela scores on its strong characterizations, from the leading character to the lowliest bit player. The film also represented the return to the screen of musical-comedy favorite Zarah Leander, who'd "officially" retired to her native Sweden in 1943, much to the dismay of her most fervent fans (including Hitler and Gobbels!)

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child, custody, divorce, kidnapping, lover, piano