Frau Warrens Gewerbe (1959)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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An unexceptional drama of the exceptional George Bernard Shaw's story of a conflict of morals, Frau Warren's Gewerbe stars Lilli Palmer in the role of Mrs. Kitty Warren and Johanna Matz as her daughter Vivie. The mathematically talented and well-educated Vivie owes her accomplishments to her absentee mother who has paid all the bills in her upbringing. When they meet at last in a country home, Vivie is shocked to discover that her mother not only gained her lucre through prostitution but is still a partner with Sir George Crofts (O.E. Hasse) in the management of several brothels around Europe. That shock is soon followed by another when Vivie finds out the truth about the parentage of her boyfriend Frank. This is all heavy going for the turn of the 20th century when certain topics were still taboo.

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brothel, brother, business, daughter, family, family-embarrassment, family-secrets, madame, mother, profession, profit, prostitute/prostitution, relationship, rift, truth