Germany1931-1940Alexis GranowskyDramaExperimentalWeimar Republic cinema

Alexis Granowsky – Das Lied vom Leben aka Song of Life (1931)

Released in America as The Song of Life, this German film stirred up quite a tempest back in 1931 for its depiction of a Caesarian birth. Though not much was really shown, it was enough to cause women filmgoers — and not a few men — to faint dead away. The film was banned outright in Germany and ran into some censorship problems in the US; still, by its very controversial nature it proved to be a hit wherever it was shown. And oh, yes, there was a plot, albeit a somewhat nonsensical one: After discovering that her elderly fiance has false teeth, a young bride-to-be becomes so distraught that she contemplates suicide! She is rescued by a young sailor, with whom she has a baby, leading to the aforementioned “C-section” sequence. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

DVD Source: regionfree, DVD5
DVD Format: PAL
DVD Audio: German Mono
Program: Unknown
Menus: none
Video: Untouched
Audio: Untouched
DVD extras: none


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