The Amönenhof

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Original title The Amönenhof
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1919
length approx. 65 (1919), 84 (1921) minutes
Director Uwe Jens Krafft
script Joe May
Richard Hutter
Ruth Goetz based
on a novel by Eufemia Adlersfeld-Ballestrem
production Joe May

Der Amönenhof is a German silent film melodrama from 1919 with Mia May in the lead role, written and produced by her husband Joe May .


The wealthy old Kommerzienrat Reudnitz has just bought the splendid Amönenhof because he wants to use it to give his sister-in-law Kordula von Genting, who is as honorable as it is noble-narrow-minded and ostentatious, an ambience appropriate to her self-image. In order to give little Eva, who lives there, the social polish and to provide her with a suitable companion, a Fraulein von Ried is recruited, who, however, cannot take the job due to illness. In an emergency, Reudnitz gladly accepts the offer of the Duchess's lady-in-waiting, Theodora von Zimburg, who offers to stand in as a replacement for Miss von Ried until the malade Mademoiselle has deigned to have recovered. The Kommerzienrat and his son are distantly related to Theodora, cousins ​​of so-and-many degrees, so to speak. From the beginning, Kordula tries to spoil Theodora 's stay on the estate, sometimes he likes this, sometimes not that. Meaningful looks and suggestive remarks poison the climate even more. But the Duchess's lady-in-waiting has manners far too good to be lured out of reserve.

She quickly made friends with little Eva, and soon she returned all the love of the noble companion. Eventually she met her cousin Count Leo, who was once brought to the castle by the Duke to bring up the ducal nephew Count Willberg von Weißenfels. Theodora and Leo instantly fall in love with each other, although neither of them is aware of their family ties. They decide to get together, but first the poisonous old dragon Kordula has to be driven away from the Amönenhof by means of ghosts. Nothing stands in the way of a double wedding between Theodora and Count Leo on the one hand and Eva and Count Willberg on the other.

Production notes

The Amönenhof was probably created immediately after (early autumn 1919) the eight-part monumental film The Mistress of the World , which was produced by the same team. The strip had four acts, spread over a length of 1,340 meters, was censored in October 1919 and was premiered on February 20, 1920 in the Tauentzienpalast in Berlin. Previous film reviews suggest that Der Amönenhof was shown publicly as early as late 1919. On April 12, 1921, after a new censorship, a longer version of five files, spread over 1733 meters in length, was approved.

As with Krafft's director of the Mistress of the World , Joe May was also the artistic director of this film.


“Adapted from the novel by Countess Eufemia Ballerstrem, the subtle subject offers the opportunity to describe the environment in an extremely effective way, which, thanks to the excellent play of the actors, is finely detailed. Mia May was not seen for a long time in such charming mischievousness as here, on which she really lets her most wonderful string sound. Her partner Willy Kayser seconded her with great artistry and gave the interplay full chords. But the mimic battle that Mia May has to fight with Frieda Richards as Kordula von Genting is brilliant. The grace and nonchalance with which this is carried out is a sight in itself. (...) The harmlessness of the subject is at the same time the best recommendation of the piece, which will conquer the hearts of the audience by storm. Technically everything has been used to achieve complete success. "

- New Kino-Rundschau

Individual evidence

  1. Neue Kino-Rundschau from November 15, 1919. P. 19

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