Die Schauspielerin (1989)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - East Germany  |  
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In this remake of Marriage in the Shadows, one of the first and most successful postwar East German films, the life of a Jewish actress is destroyed by rising fascist sentiment. After leading a successful life as a popular actress, who does slightly conceal her background, she falls in love with a German man and is married. As the historical situation worsens, the actress finds the theatres begin to turn her away and public sentiment forces her and her husband to divorce. Their tragic story begins spinning out of control when the husband realizes he is powerless to protect her from the Nazis and, unable to emigrate, the two contemplate suicide. At the film's bleak end, they look into each other's eyes and drift off.

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actor, career, cross-cultural-relations, friendship, lover, marriage