Marriage in the Shadows (1948)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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This German wartime drama was based on a novel by Hans Scheikart. Set in Berlin in the years between 1933 and 1943, the film relates the tragic story of a "forbidden" marriage between German actor Hans Wieland (Paul Klinger) and his Jewish wife Elizabeth (Ilse Steppat). Despite his country's sanctioned anti-Semitism, Wieland loyally stands by his wife, certain that his own status will protect her from persecution. He finally realizes how horribly wrong he is when the Gestapo pounds on his door, demanding Elizabeth's deportation. Historically important as the first postwar German film to tackle the issue of Hitler's treatment of the Jews, Marriage in the Shadows is otherwise an overlong, sometimes ponderous exercise.

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actor, anti-Semitism, couple, cruelty, discrimination, enemy, Germany, Judaism, lawyer, love, marriage, Nazism, neighbor, prejudice, racism, regime, religion