Marriage in the Shadows

Original title: (Ehe im Schatten)
Germany, 1947, 104 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

The film spans a ten-year period starting in 1933. Celebrated German film and theater actor Hans Wieland marries the Jewish actress Elisabeth Maurer. As Nazi anti-Semitic policies increasingly infringe on their lives, they struggle to survive. Then Hans is given an ultimatum by a friend who has become a Nazi official: save himself by divorcing his wife.


Kurt Maetzig dedicated his debut film to telling the story of the acclaimed German theater couple, Meta Wolff and Joachim Gottschalk. Director Kurt Maetzig, whose own Jewish mother had committed suicide to avoid deportation, based the script on a novella by Hans Schweikart, a personal friend of the Gottschalks.


Special features:
  • New digitally restored version
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • "A New Train on Old Tracks," by Kurt Maetzig
  • "Inverting the Lives of 'Others': Retelling the Nazi Past in Marriage in the Shadows and The Life of Others," by Ute Wölfel (Univ. of Reading)
  • The Gottschalks in the Shadow of Nazi Cultural Policies: Timeline
  • Contemporary Press Comments
  • Film Interview with Director Kurt Maetzig, 1999, 10 min
  • Original Trailer

Marriage in the Shadows

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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