Immensee (1943)

Immensee: ein deutsches Volkslied (Immensee: A German Folksong) is a German film melodrama of the National-Socialist era, directed in 1943 by Veit Harlan and loosely based on the popular novella Immensee (1849) by Theodor Storm. It was a commercial success and, with its theme of a woman remaining faithful to her husband, was important in raising the morale of German forces; it remained popular after World War II.

Elisabeth’s great love is Reinhart, a budding musician. They spent a happy childhood together on the Immensee. And although he loves her, too, he leaves Immensee to take up his studies in Hamburg. For a long time, no one knows what’s become of him; until they meet once again at Immensee. Happy about this meeting, Elisabeth visits him in Hamburg. But she finds city life to be strange and confusing; and so, she returns back home disappointed. Finally, Erich, who has waited for her a long time, confesses to her, that he’s in love with her. When Eric’s father dies and he inherits the farm, he asks Elisabeth to marry him. When he eventually dies, Elisabeth stays loyal to him even in death. Now that the famous director Reinhart is ready to show her his affections, she’s not to be swayed.

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