Goodbye, Franziska!

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Original title Goodbye, Franziska!
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1957
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Wolfgang Liebeneiner
script Curt J. Braun
Helmut Käutner
in an arrangement by Georg Hurdalek
production Artur Brauner
for CCC-Film
music Franz Grothe
camera Werner Krien
cut Margot von Schlieffen

Goodbye, Franziska! (Alternative title: Franziska) is a German feature film by Wolfgang Liebeneiner from 1957 . It is a remake of the Helmut Käutner film of the same name from 1941 . The main roles are Ruth Leuwerik and Carlos Thompson occupied in supporting roles Josef Meinrad , Friedrich Domin Jochen Brockmann , Nadja Regin , Gisela Trowe and Siegfried Schürenberg .


Passau in May 1957. The young artist Franziska gets to know and love the newsreel reporter Stefan. After a first night together, he has to travel for a New York agency to work and Franziska is left alone. Because of Stefan's, she gets into an argument with her father, because she now wants to stand on her own two feet because of him. She moved to Berlin , where she opened her own small studio for miniature toys and was more than able to make ends meet. After a year, Stefan announces himself to her. She pretends not to love him and to be free and independent, but in the end she confesses her love to him. He proposes to her and she agrees despite concerns. Since he had to leave the country for a job the next day, she moved back to Passau - in Stefan's villa, which she wanted to fix up within a few weeks, as she expected Stefan back in Passau. Although he would get three weeks off from his boss for the planned wedding, in the end he prefers an assignment about the unrest in Gran Chaco to a return to Passau. Franziska receives from Dr. Leitner, who had previously proposed to her, received a letter from Stefan stating that he would not return to Passau until the spring or summer. Franziska opens her father and Dr. Leitner to be pregnant by Stefan. Stefan finally learns in a pub in South America that he has become the father of a son. He terminates his contract and returns to Franziska.

For over a year, Stefan tried his hand at German newsreel companies; but he's used to larger equipment and different ways of working from America. Almost all agencies dismiss him after a short time. So he secretly registers with his agency in New York and wants to work as a foreign reporter again. Franziska suspects what he's up to and lets him go. She is pregnant again by him, but after the birth of their daughter she becomes depressed. Even the announcement that Stefan is coming to visit does not help her because she knows that he will be leaving soon. During his brief visit her despair breaks out of her and she begs him not to leave her again. There is an argument.

Franziska built up her own existence as a jewelry designer over the next two years. She makes the decision to divorce Stefan, as the children also suffer from the father's absence. You would rather have Dr. Leitner to their father, who often visits them and gives them presents and whom they call uncle. Franziska first tells him that she wants to separate from Stefan and hires a divorce lawyer to draw up the papers.

The Indochina War has broken out and Stefan and his good friend Blacky White are on the front lines as war reporters. However, Stefan is daring, steers his car between the enemy lines to get better pictures and is responsible for Blacky's death, who is shot. Stefan returns home, where Franziska's business is now flourishing. She has hired several helpers and exports her jewelry all over the world. She tells Stefan that she wants to get a divorce and he leaves his house.

A little later, Franziska made cover shots for a magazine, wearing a necklace that she had designed herself. The photographer insists that she go straight to the editorial office of the magazine in Hamburg to make arrangements . There she meets Stefan again, who publishes the magazine. His previous job as a sensational photographer is now held by others. He shows Franziska his sparsely furnished apartment - both get closer again and in the end confess their love.

Filming, publication

Goodbye, Franziska! was shot in April and May 1957 in the CCC studios in Berlin-Spandau and Passau. In Käutner's film adaptation, Stefan, who is presented here as a reporter for newsreels, is a war reporter. Since the war is completely faded out in Liebeneiner's film, the end of the story also changed.

The premiere of the film in the Federal Republic of Germany took place on September 5, 1957. In Sweden the film was released under the title På återseende, Franziska on September 1, 1958, in Finland under the title Näkemiin, Franziska! on April 8, 1960. In Brazil there was a publication under the title Francisca , in France under the title Au revoir Franziska , Italy under the title Arrivederci Francesca and in Spain under the title Franziska . The film was released in the USA in 1962.


The lexicon of international film rated goodbye, Franziska! as "more unbelievable in human terms, less played and more conventionally staged" than the original by Helmut Käutner. The online edition criticized the film as a “remake of Käutner's romance of the same name with clear representational flaws and without psychological plausibility. As a result, the credibility is largely lost. "

The critic Falk Schwarz saw it completely differently and wrote that one had to "simply love Ruth Leuwerik". It goes “no other way” and continues: “When the camera follows her every step of the way through Passau, then it shows so much charm, so much self-confidence and so much ability to love that Thompson is rightly carried away.” Schwarz continued: “The Leuwerik is pretty, attractive and womanly charming, without any stiltedness, and organizes her life very well on her own - but there is this longing for the closeness of the beloved, which is portrayed in a very memorable way. ”“ So relaxed and one with the role ”you have "Rarely seen the Leuwerik".

The film and actors were also praised on the site : “The colorful décor of this pleasantly unkitchy homeland film fits perfectly with the story of a young jewelry designer who frees herself from the confines of the stale province. In the main roles, Carlos Thompson is convincing as an easy-going daredevil and the young Ruth Leuwerik in the role of the long-suffering Franziska. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Dispositions for the film on May 18, 1957 at
  2. Love on hold - Ruth Leuwerik's mad reporter see page
  3. Au Revoir Franziska see page
  4. Klaus Brüne (Ed.): Lexicon of International Films . Volume 2. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1990, p. 1076.
  5. Goodbye, Franziska! In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 30, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  6. What a beautiful leading actress! - “Franziska” see page Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  7. Goodbye, Franziska! see page Retrieved October 3, 2019.