The singing house

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Original title The singing house
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1948
length 91 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Franz Antel
script Aldo von Pinelli ,
Franz Antel,
Kurt Nachmann
production Collective film, Vienna
music Peter Kreuder
camera Oskar Schnirch ,
Helmuth Ashley
cut Arnfried Heyne

The Singing House is an Austrian comedy film by Franz Antel from 1948.


Melanie Cattori, an opera-trained singer and daughter of a music professor, falls in love with Freddy, the drummer of a jazz band who lives in the same house. Unfortunately, Melanie's father strictly rejects jazz music. So Freddy tries to persuade a theater director to hire the jazz band for a revue. The jazz musicians are supported by general goods dealer Franz Huber, whose daughter Gretl is a dancer. But only when the playwright forces the director to listen to the band through an artificially caused car breakdown and further difficulties are overcome, the performance can be arranged. Even father Cattori allows his daughter Melanie to participate. The performance is a success, and in the end three couples find each other.

Production notes

After Franz Antel, Aldo von Pinelli and Kurt Nachmann had sketched the idea for The Singing House in their artists' club , they met the Polish brothers S Resberko here, who had enough money and a Soviet filming permit for the Rosenhügel studios . To realize the project, the production company Kollektiv-Film was founded. Then Nachmann wrote the actual script.

The film was shot in the Rosenhügel studios in Vienna and the surrounding area. Due to the deficiencies in the post-war period, there was a lot of improvisation during the shooting. For example, film architect Julius von Borsody used rolls of toilet paper hanging down from the ceiling, which were cleverly illuminated to create a mirror of velvet curtains. Since the power grid was too busy during the day, it was only allowed to turn at night. In the Elite Film Distribution in Zurich, Antel also found a distribution company that made it a condition that the film must start at the Locarno Festival in 1947 with the participation of the main actors . The participants became the first Austrian filmmakers to be invited to an international film festival after the war. The cinema premiere took place on January 23, 1948 in the Scala Vienna . The German premiere took place on February 18, 1948 in the Babylon cinema in East Berlin. Despite a corresponding announcement in the distribution program 1950/51 by Dafa Filmverleih, there is no evidence that the film was shown in Germany.

The singing house appeared on video for the first time in 1998 .


The verdict of film-dienst was: "Undemanding entertainment."

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Franz Antel: Twisted, in love, my life , Munich, Vienna 2001, p. 68 ff.
  2. ^ Alfred Bauer : German feature film Almanach. Volume 2: 1946-1955 , p. 79
  3. The Singing House. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed November 24, 2018 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used