Marianne (1955)

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Original title Marianne
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1955
length 108 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Julien Duvivier
script Julien Duvivier
Peter de Mendelssohn
Marcel Ophüls
production Allfram-Film, Munich
Royal-Produktions-GmbH, Munich
Filmsonor, Paris
Regina-Films, Paris
(André Daven
Pierre O'Connel
Arys Nissotti
Georges Lourau)
music Jacques Ibert
camera Léonce-Henri Burel
cut Lilian Seng

Marianne (alternative title: Marianne, my childhood love ) is a German-French literary film adaptation by Julien Duvivier from 1955. The script is based on the novel Painful Arcadia by Peter de Mendelssohn , who also worked on the script. Marianne Hold plays the leading role in both the German and French versions. In the German version is Horst Buchholz her partner, in the French version Pierre Vaneck .


Vincent Loringer, a romantic young man, is new to a Bavarian boarding school. He likes to sing songs that his classmates don't know and plays on the guitar, so that they give him the name “the Argentine”, which is fitting, since he actually comes from there.

Not only the oldest student at the boarding school, Manfred, is interested in Vincent's friendship, but also the other boys, as Vincent has an inexplicable attraction. One day, in the presence of Vincent, the students of the so-called “band of robbers” row once again to the other bank of the lake, where there is an isolated haunted house that hides many secrets. They penetrate the building, but flee when they notice a shadow. Only Vincent is not among the refugees; All of a sudden he is faced with a beautiful young woman who tells him that she knew he would come one day. Although she speaks in riddles, Vincent is enchanted by her.

When the young man returns the next day, he is miraculously transformed, he tells of the fact that he saw Marianne, an angelic girl. He is convinced that the young woman is being held captive in the house and that he is destined to rescue her. So he does everything in the following time to achieve this goal and puts his life in danger more than just once. His friends try to support him as best they can.

When Marianne asked Vincent in a letter one day, he met the baron, who told him that the young woman's mind had been confused since the man she once loved left shortly before the wedding. Meanwhile, Marianne tells him a different story. When Vincent returns to the property after a faint, it is empty and Marianne has disappeared. Vincent is now no longer in the area either, he leaves school to look for his great love. It is clear to his friends that they cannot stop him, as his joy in life suddenly died out with Marianne's disappearance. When Manfred says goodbye to Vincent, he reads in his eyes that Marianne Vincent's whole thinking determines and at that moment he understands that Vincent will find Marianne again because he has to find her again so that his life becomes “one bonfire”.

French version

Direction and screenplay also Julien Duvivier, camera and music as in the German version, editing: Marthe Poncin, production company: Allfram-Film GmbH (Frankfurt am Main), Royal-Produktions GmbH (Munich-Geiselgasteig), Régina Film SA (Paris), Filmsonor SA (Paris), producers as in the German version. Inspired by the novel Douloureuse Arcadie de Peter de Mendelssohn.

Marianne de ma Jeunesse (Marianne of my youth)

Production, publication

The film was made in 1954 in the Bavaria-Filmkunst studio in Munich-Geiselgasteig. The exterior shots were taken in Hohenschwangau and at Fuschl Castle .

The German version premiered on April 8, 1955 in Cologne . The French version was launched in Paris on March 18, 1955. It was also shown at the Locarno International Film Festival. The film opened in Austria in April 1956.

It also ran in the following countries: Belgium, Sweden, Japan, Finland, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Yugoslavia and the USA, there under the international title Marianne of My Youth .

On April 15, 2016, the film was released by Pidax Film Media Ltd. (Alive AG) with a German language version on DVD.


The lexicon of international films rated the film largely positively and wrote: “Duvivier's adaptation of the novel 'Painful Arcadia' is a somewhat confused, but appealing interpretation of a schoolchildren's love that seems timeless, located in the zone between reality and dream. Packed full of pictorial symbols and psychoanalytic hints that make it difficult to understand the actual plot, the wonderfully photographed film presents itself as a poetic fairy tale, the message of which is sometimes drowned in meaningful kitsch. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Marianne de ma Jeunesse , sung by Gilbert Bécaud, underlaid with pictures from the French film version
  2. Marianne de ma Jeunesse French movie poster
  3. ^ Alfred Bauer : German feature film Almanach. Volume 2: 1946-1955 , pp. 538 f.
  4. Marianne, Meine Jugendliebe ( Memento of the original from June 26, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. DVD of "Pidax Film Classic" @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Marianne. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed April 30, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used