Waelsungenblut (1965)

Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Dan Pavlides

This drama from author Thomas Mann fails to translate well to the screen because of some underdeveloped characterizations. Count Arnstadt (Rudolf Forster) and the Countess Isabella (Margot Hielscher) are the parents of the beautiful but conceited Sieglinee (Elena Nathanael). When the young Lieutenant Beckerath (Gert Ballus) declares his love for Sieglinde, she agrees to marry him if he rides naked through the town. After he performs the task, Beckerath has more difficulty because the girl is reluctant to leave her beloved brother Siegmund (Michael Maien). The controversial feature was shown at the 1965 Berlin Film Festival.