The Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Goethe Zenthrum Hyderabad, is presenting a festival of German Films directed by Helmut Kautner, at Sarathi Studio and the Goethe premises, from 18th to 24th September. As part of the festival, "Goodbye Franziska" is being screened today at Sarathi Studios.
The story begins in 1932 and ends during World War II. It is love at first sight between a professor’s daughter Franziska and roving reporter Michael. However, the couple’s love goes from one farewell to the next, since Michael is always going somewhere, to film the world's events: accidents, natural disasters and wars.
Franziska stays at home in a picturesque little town, entirely alone at first, then alone with their two children. She gradually loses hope and becomes melancholic, but she cannot leave the great love of her life.
A melodrama with many comic moments, this film is also distinguished by the brilliant acting of Marianne Hoppe and Hans Sohnker. It is directed by Helmut Kautner, was released in 1941, and lasts for about 89 minutes.
Helmut Kaeutner was born in 1908 in Duesseldorf and died in 1980 in Italy. He studied German, Art History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theater Studies. He began his film career as a scriptwriter. His directorial debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty Und Die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the film was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its pro-English tendencies.
Later on, he went on to make great films like Kleider Machen Leute (1940), Auf Wiedersehen Franziska! (1941), Anuschka (1942), Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7 (1944), In jenen Tagen (1947), Des Teufels General (1955), Zu Jung (1958) and Die Feuerzangenbowle (1970), among others.
His film Dis Letzte Bruecke won a German Film Award in 1954, and Der Hauptmann von Koepenik won two German Film Awards in 1957.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy, Secretary of the Hyderabad Film Club, at 93910-20243, or Goethe-Zenthrum at 5552-6443/2324-1791 for further details.