The fisherwoman from Lake Constance

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Original title The fisherwoman from Lake Constance
The fisherwoman from Lake Constance Logo 001.svg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1956
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Harald Reinl
script Karl Heinz Busse ,
Harald Reinl
production Ernst Neubach
music Ralph Maria Siegel
camera Ernst W. Kalinke
cut Lieselotte Prattes

The fisherwoman from Lake Constance is a German homeland film from 1956 directed by Harald Reinl . The main roles are occupied by Marianne Hold and Gerhard Riedmann as well as Annie Rosar and Joe Stöckel .

The film is set against the backdrop of Lake Constance with the towns of Friedrichshafen , Kirchberg Castle , Hagnau , Meersburg and the stilt houses of Unteruhldingen . The title was given by the folk song of the same name based on the text and the melody by Franz Winkler (1906–1962) from 1947.


The fisher girl Maria, born out of wedlock, lives with her grandfather on Lake Constance and, like his ancestors, goes fishing with the neighboring boy Loisl every day; the yields are usually just enough to live on. Maria is always aloof to men because she believes that they regard them as easy prey.

On the market in Bregenz (the scene was actually shot at the port of Meersburg), with its scant catch, it is far inferior to the goods of the fish farmer Bruckberger, who undercuts its prices. Bruckberger's son Hans is secretly in love with Maria; However, his parents, especially his mother, expect him to choose Fanny or Anny, twin daughters of the wealthy lumberjack Schweizer; the Bruckberger and Schweizer families have been friends for years.

When the twins destroy Maria's fishing nets with the motorboat one day because they think they are proud and conceited, Hans finds out and wants to make amends by filling Maria's nets with fish from his father's stocks overnight. When Maria found out, she sold her grandmother's valuable traditional costume to repay him. She now avoids Hans, but he does not give up and finds her in the evening on a small island where she often spends time. He lets the boats off the leash so that she cannot escape and convinces her of his real feelings with a kiss. The two spend the night together on the island; the next morning he tells her that he will marry her, even if his parents are against it.

When he comes home to tell of his plans to marry, his mother tells him that Maria is his father's illegitimate child and that it is impossible for him to marry her. The father only made up this story so that he could drink the “alimony” for the illegitimate child at his regular table once a month.

Hans doesn't want to believe that and asks Maria's grandfather where she comes from; When Maria found out about it, she was terribly disappointed and no longer believed in Hans' real love. After some confusion, the twins find out that their father is also Maria's father. Now nothing stands in the way of Maria and Hans getting married.



The film was shot between April 23 and June 1, 1956 in front of the backdrop of Lake Constance. The production company was Neubach-Film GmbH (Munich). Many historical buildings from Meersburg can be seen at the beginning and at the end of the film . Other locations were Friedrichshafen , Hagnau , Kirchberg Castle between Hagnau and Immenstaad on Lake Constance and the Unteruhldingen pile dwelling museum . The recordings in the night club in Munich were shot in the Malkasten in Augustenstrasse. The love scene was filmed on the love island in front of Radolfzell, whereby artificial flowers had to be attached to the trees. The traditional costume wearers with filigree costumes , the procession of bands from the neighboring states of Lake Constance Germany, Austria and Switzerland ( DA-CH ), the photo of the paddle steamer Zaehringen (1888–1961) and the final panoramic photo of the hillside location of Meersburg are historical. Höhenried Castle in Bernried on Lake Starnberg is the residence of the Schweizer family . The studio recordings were made in the ARRI studio in Munich.

Properties of the representation

Some of the supporting actors in the film are presented gnarled and formal in their terms of honor. The film shows a cross-border friendship between the residents of the shores of Lake Constance. It also makes a contribution to the preservation of the traditional costumes and costumes of the Lake Constance area (scene of the sale of the old costumes of the fishing family to the local museum). The images of the old paddle steamer and the wood- fired kitchen stove are historical documents.

The fisherwoman from Lake Constance helped Marianne Hold her breakthrough as the new star of Heimatfilm. After 50 years, the film is still shown alternately on one of the regional third-party television programs.



The premiere of Die Fischerin vom Bodensee took place on July 24, 1956 in the Universum in Stuttgart, after the film had been approved in an FSK examination on July 17, 1956 under the number 12520 from the age of 16 with the addition "not holiday-free". The age rating was later reduced to “6 years and over”.

The film was released on DVD on August 8, 2014, published by Alive AG as part of its “Film Jewels” series. On November 10, 2017, Alive released the film along with five other films in the series "Jewels of Heimatfilm - Six unforgettable Heimatfilm classics" on DVD.

In 2018 the film was restored and digitized by the company Mobiles Kino GmbH with the support of the FFA, the MFG and the Zeppelin Foundation and is now available in a 2K version for cinema use.


"The hearty and carefree Gerhard Riedmann and the lovely Marianne Hold are the lovers in the triangle ."

"Fairy tale and colloquial home film with cheerful and sappy ingredients."

"(...); sentimental, cheesy and particularly unrealistic; the title song of this Heimatschnulze became a well-known hit of the fifties. (Rating: 1 of 4 possible stars: weak) "

- Adolf Heinzlmeier and Berndt Schulz : Lexicon "Films on TV", 1990


The successful film was also a good advertisement for the Lake Constance region, as there are so many well-known places to be seen. For the 50th anniversary, the Radolfzell City Museum organized an exhibition about the film.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b The fisherwoman from Lake Constance. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed October 16, 2016 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. The fisherwoman from Lake Constance Fig. DVD case "Jewels of film history"
  3. Jewels of Heimatfilms - Six unforgettable Heimatfilm classics Fig. DVD case (in the picture: Gerhard Riedmann, Marianne Hold, Hans Moser, Annie Rosar)
  4. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier and Berndt Schulz in Lexicon "Films on TV" (extended new edition). Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 231