The Swedish Nightingale (film)

The Swedish Nightingale
Directed by Peter Paul Brauer
Produced by Ernst Günter Techow
Written by Friedrich Forster-Burggraf (play)
Henry Lemarchand
Per Schwenzen
Gert von Klaß
Starring Ilse Werner
Karl Ludwig Diehl
Joachim Gottschalk
Aribert Wäscher
Music by Franz Grothe
Cinematography Ewald Daub
Edited by Alice Ludwig
Distributed by Terra Film
Release dates
9 April 1941
Running time
97 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

The Swedish Nightingale (German:Die schwedische Nachtigall) is a 1941 German musical film directed by Peter Paul Brauer and starring Ilse Werner, Karl Ludwig Diehl and Joachim Gottschalk.[1] The film is based on a play by Friedrich Forster-Burggraf set in nineteenth century Copenhagen. It portrays a romance between the writer Hans Christian Andersen and the opera singer Jenny Lind the "Swedish Nightingale" of the title.

It is noteworthy that at the time when the film was made, Germany was keeping Denmark under military occupation but attempting a relatively conciliatory attitude towards the occupied Danes. Germany was also making an effort to keep good relations with the neutral Sweden. The theme of the film - made at a time when Goebbles' Propaganda Ministry kept tight control of the German film industry - obviously fit well with these policy aims.



  1. Hake p.215


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