Mrs. Sixta (film)
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Frau Sixta is a cinematic woman novel from 1938 by Gustav Ucicky with Franziska Kinz in the title role. At her side are 17-year-old Ilse Werner as her daughter and Gustav Fröhlich as the man between the two women. The story is based on a novel by the Swiss Ernst Zahn published in 1925 .
South Tyrol in 1861. The Hochgenaunhof is located in the Ötztal Alps , near the border with Italy. Mrs. Sixta, who has recently been widowed, runs the post office there with a hard but fair hand. She is popular with her employees, the servants, because of her justice. A couple of strangers arrive when the funeral feast is celebrated, so Ms. Sixta says goodbye early and takes care of the newcomers. Community leader Forcher, who is also present at the feast, has kept an eye on the industrious widow, who now has to run the farm all by herself, since her husband's death. There is also a former major named Markus among the stagecoach guests. He plans to travel to Italy the following day because he wants to build a new life in Milan. Ms. Sixta is very impressed by the handsome retired officer, because he was very skillful as an obstetrician for a mare's foal the following night, and asks him whether he would like to stay and start with her as manager of the farm. After a brief hesitation, Major Markus finally gives up his plans to continue his journey. This does not fit the jealous researcher at all, because soon Mrs. Sixta and the major fall in love with each other, and the old community leader, who has planned to marry Mrs. Sixta, sees his cases floating away.
As a stranger, Markus has a hard time being accepted by Ms. Sixta's employees and the locals. Forcher also pours fuel on the fire and incites the villagers against the stranger. When Markus soon becomes too colorful, it is Ms. Sixta who can persuade him to stay with the tongues of angels. One day she asks him to go to a monastery and from there to pick up her daughter Otti, who grew up there. Otti and the former officer hit it off right away, and a flourishing friendship quickly leads to a deep love. When Ms. Sixta finally finds out about it, the village mob incited by Forcher gathers together and sets off in the direction of the Hochgenaunhof to finally drive Markus from here. The first stones fly towards the house. Mrs. Sixta steps outside and explains to the angry villagers that Markus Ottis is fiancé. She sends the young happiness with her best friend, old Dora, as a careful chaperone to Italy and thus brings the two young people out of the reach of the villagers mob. As the carriage starts to move, Ms. Sixta realizes that she will probably never see her child again. She runs after the coach to the Italian border, then returns to the post office in a solid state, ready to continue her life on her own.
Ms. Sixta was created between May 17th and July 30th 1938 in Kühtai near Innsbruck (exterior shots) and in the Bavaria studios in Geiselgasteig near Munich. The premiere took place on September 7, 1938 in the Ufa-Palast in Nuremberg, the Berlin premiere took place on November 1, 1938 in the Gloria-Palast.
For the leading actress Franziska Kinz, her successful film Ms. Sixta was of decisive importance. After the Second World War she settled in South Tyrol and called her country house “Sixta”.
In the Third Reich, the film received consistently good ratings from the synchronized press (“A film about a wonderful woman and unique mother”, “A film about faith in the homeland”, “A film from the German heart”) and was also given by Adolf Hitler appreciated.
The post-war criticism came to its more objective assessment:
“Rührstück based on a novel by Ernst Zahn. The early Heimatfilm only has some moving moments thanks to the leading actress. "
- Mrs. Sixta. Schweizer Film = Film Suisse: official organ of Switzerland, accessed on June 10, 2020 .
- She died in Meran in 1980
- Boguslaw Drewniak: The German Film 1938-1945 . A complete overview. Düsseldorf 1987, p. 557
- cf. ibid., p. 634
- Ms. Sixta in the Lexicon of International Films , accessed on December 24, 2018