Based on a true story and adapted from the novel by Hans Schweikart, this fiction feature marks the German cinema's first attempt to address antisemitism and the Holocaust. The film focuses on key events of the years 1933, 1938, and 1943 and how the lives of a famous Jewish actress (whom the Nazis barred from the stage) and her non-Jewish husband are affected by Hitler's rise to power.
Marriage in the Shadows
Ehe im Schatten
GDR/East Germany, 1947, 96 minutes, B&W
German with English subtitles
Directed by Kurt Maetzig
Public Exhibition 16mm Rental available