The girl Christine

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Original title The girl Christine
Country of production Germany ( SBZ )
original language German
Publishing year 1949
length 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Arthur Maria Rabenalt
script Frank Clifford
production DEFA
music Herbert Trantow
camera Eugen Klagemann
cut Hildegard Tegener

The Girl Christine is a 1949 DEFA film that tells the story of a young girl who disguised herself as a man during the Thirty Years War to be with her lover.


Young Christine grew up as an orphan during the Thirty Years War. At one of the armies passing by, she met Colonel Count Merian, with whom she immediately fell in love. In order to always be with him, she disguises herself as a man and stays with the troops as a supply boy . Even when she was promoted to cornet , no one knew her secret apart from the sutler .

Little by little, Christine notices that Count Merian was brutalized during the war and is no longer kind. She is particularly horrified when Merian asks the farmer girl Barbara to spend a night with him in order to save her father and brother from death by hanging. Christine takes off her man's costume, surrenders to the count without being recognized and lets Barbara go. When Merian woke up the next day, he was alone. He incites henchmen on Barbara and her family. The brother escapes, the father is hanged, Barbara captured. Christine reveals herself, challenges Merian to a duel and wins. Merian dies from a stab with her sword. Although she is sentenced to death as a cornet, she escapes execution because she is acquitted as a woman.

Petra Peters as Christine
Wolfgang Lukschy as Count Merian

Production and publication

The working title of the film was "Night of Knowledge" . The film was made in the Babelsberg studio with exterior shots of the Chorin monastery .

The premiere was on January 14, 1949 in the Babylon cinema in Berlin . As an exchange film between Central Germany and West Germany, Das Mädchen Christine first appeared on May 13, 1949 in Trier and on July 5, 1949 in West Berlin .

It was first broadcast on television in the first program on East German television on July 24, 1972. A DVD was released on July 21, 2017.


In Neues Deutschland one could read from Monica Melis:

“Even the pacifist idea of ​​the film must remain vague with so much false romanticism. The pompous and sentimental film story could be mounted in any other time. It discolors the social realities as well as the human destinies and situations. It lacks any general internal logic. "

“Romanticizing chamber costume play with borrowings from CF Meyer's ' Gustav Adolfs Page ', among others , but without deepening the historical background and especially interested in the piquancy of the trouser role . The anti-war tendency that comes with it has more of an alibi function. "


  • "Film und Fernsehen" magazine , 5/1991, p. 16
  • “Film Studies Contributions (FWB)” by the HFF Potsdam , special volume 1/1981, pp. 256–271
  • “The Second Life of the Film City Babelsberg, DEFA Feature Films 1946–1992” ISBN 978-3-89487-175-8
  • "Lexicon of International Films", Rowohlt Verlag Reinbek, 1995, ISBN 978-3-499-16357-9 (page 3565)
  • F.-B. Habel : The great lexicon of DEFA feature films . Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-89602-349-7 , pp. 379 to 380 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c The girl Christine. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed November 7, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. Details about the film on
  3. ^ Alfred Bauer: German feature film Almanach. Volume 2: 1946-1955 , p. 65
  4. The girl Christine. In: . German Film Institute , accessed on November 7, 2017 .
  5. The girl Christine. In: . Retrieved November 7, 2017 .
  6. Neues Deutschland from January 18, 1949, p. 3