History Highlights, Notes on German Culture

Once upon a time the German movie industry rivaled Hollywood


From the early 1930’s until 1945, the German movie industry rivaled Hollywood in terms of quality, distribution and popularity. It was the golden era of Europe’s film industry…with the high point in 1942 when 1.067 billion people were in paid attendance throughout Europe.

The movie poster shown here features Zarah Leander and Viktor Staal in the movie Die große Liebe (The Great Love). It premiered in Berlin in 1942 and went on to become the most commercially successful film in the history of Germany’s golden era of film making. Also, the film’s musical score: “Davon geht die Welt nicht unter” and “Ich weiß, es wird einmal ein Wunder gescheh’n” …both songs were big hits and remain popular even today.

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