My heart is a jazz band (film)

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Original title My heart is a jazz band
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1929
length 8 acts, 2670 m, at 24 fps 100 minutes
Director Friedrich Zelnik
script Curt J. Brown
production Friedrich Zelnik
music Artur Guttmann
camera Frederik Fuglsang , Paul Rischke

My heart is a jazz band is the title of a silent film comedy that Friedrich Zelnik realized and also produced in 1928 for his company Efzet-Film GmbH (Berlin) based on a manuscript by Curt J. Braun . It was also the title of a Foxtrot song by Willy Engel-Berger , for which Fritz Löhner wrote the text under his stage name “Beda”. It was first published in Vienna in 1927 in the Revue Chauffeur, to the Apollo! used and then gave the title to the film.


Social comedy in a big city environment. Unfounded jealousy leads a young person in love to try to get money in a criminal way. He is involved in a burglary. When the project threatens to fail, he brings about the return of the stolen goods in a playful way, so that everything will be fine again.


The buildings were built by Andrej Andrejew , the designs for the costumes come from Walter Trier . Adolf Essek was the production manager, Louis Domke assisted the director. Frederik Fuglsang and Paul Rischke were responsible for the photography . The music for illustration was composed by the cinema bandmaster Artur Guttmann . Deutsche First National Pictures GmbH (Defina) took care of the distribution. The film was also shown in France, Denmark and Poland.

The film was first available to the Reichsfilmzensur on October 1, 1928 in a length of 8 files equal to 2825 m and received under the number B.20588 youth ban. Despite cuts and shortening to 2670 m, it was again banned for young people on November 27, 1928 under the number B.20933. The Oberprüfstelle Berlin confirmed this ban on December 1, 1928 under the number O.00936.

One took offense at the portrayal of a burglary, which was suitable to "endanger not only the moral, but also the intellectual development of young people".

The film premiered on January 28, 1929 in Berlin in the UT Universum.


“Lya Mara moved into the Gloria Palast with the film 'My heart is a jazz band'. It's Mardi Gras, and any nonsense is allowed if it's just funny, ”wrote Siegfried Kracauer in his 1928 film review“ Carnival in the Cinema ” .

Film hit

The Foxtrot Mein Herz is a jazz band was recorded on gramophone records by various German and Austrian artists. In Austria he was played by Charles Gaudriot Jazz, Moulin Rouge Vienna with singing by duetists Bauer & Reichmann (on Odeon A 186.108, Matr. Ve 1368) and the Jazz Symphony a Tanečni Orchestr by Dol Dauber (on Austrian HMV AM 1224, Matr. BK 2880-1); also the piano duetists Lilly and Emmy Schwarz, singing on the double wing (Bechstein) (on Odeon O-2483 a / A 45 512. Matrix: Be 6914). In Germany, the title took Efim chess champion (942 Grammophon 21227 / B 41985, matr. ½ bd) with its Jazz Symphony Orchestra in October 1927 instrumental up with the chorus singing from Luigi Bernauer also the Homocord Orchestra (with Homocord 4 -2901, Matr. M 20 859) on December 7, 1928.


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Individual evidence

  1. cf. Inscription on the label Odeon A 186.108 (Matr. Ve 1368), apply. Vienna, February 1928
  2. cf. Birett, silent film music p. 131
  3. cf. IMDb release info
  4. cf. Birett, sources at
  5. cf. Test report at
  6. cf. Test report at
  7. cf. Film test center Berlin, test number 20 933 of November 27, 1928
  8. Union Theater Universum, also Luxor Palace; Halensee Palace. 1791 places. Built by Erich Mendelsohn in 1927/28 as part of the WOGA complex . See District Office Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
  9. ^ Ingrid Belke (ed.): Siegfried Kracauer, works. Volume 6: Small writings on film. Part 1, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-518-58346-8 , p. 199 to no.468.
  10. cf. Hirschenberger p. 90
  11. cf. Hirschenberger p. 37