Charming Madeleine falls in love with an equally charming young composer, and they would make a great match. Unfortunately, Madeleine is already married. And sometimes, things are worse than c'est la vie.
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, "Romance In A Minor Key" is being screened this evening at Sarathi Studios.
Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, this is the dramatic tale of a married woman who, in fin de siacle Paris, falls for the charms of a young composer.
She inspires him to write the melody “Romance in a Minor Key”. Madeleine keeps this relationship secret, but a string of pearls given to her by the composer exposes her double life, and she falls prey to a blackmailer.
Helmut Käutner tells this story of a woman brought down by the conventions of her time as a psychological drama.
This film is directed by Helmut Käutner, released in 1943 and lasts for about 100 minutes. Käutner 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debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty Und Die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the film was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its pro-English tendencies.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 Hyderabad Film Club, at 93910-20243, or Goethe-Zenthrum at 5552-6443/2324-1791 for further details.