We both loved Katharina

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Original title We both loved Katharina
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year none (1945 unfinished)
Director Arthur Maria Rabenalt
script Roland Betsch
A. Artur Kuhnert
production Walter Tost for Terra Filmkunst (Berlin)
music Albert Fischer
camera Werner Krien
cut Anneliese Schönnenbeck

and in other roles that cannot be assigned by name: Gerhard Dammann , Käte Jöken-König , Theodor Vogeler

We both loved Katharina is a German love film from 1945. Directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt played Angelika Hauff the title role. The film, which (with "Katharina" / "Katherina" and not just named) borrowings from William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew , remained unfinished.


Simon works as a skipper on the Main . He has long since fallen in love with Katharina, the granddaughter of the old skipper Kaspar, and would like to marry her. Although only 18 years old, she is a self-confident woman who already has a skipper's license and controls her own boat. She does reciprocate Simon's feelings, but she has problems with his overly inquiring and superiority demonstrating manner. As a result, a kind of permanent rivalry quickly develops between the two young people. In one of these competitions Katharina wins when she can steer her boat under a bridge over the Main in front of the Simons. In doing so, however, a mishap happens to her: she runs onto a sandbank. Andreas and Martin, two 16-year-old guys, have watched the race and help the marginally older river skipper to get her boat afloat again. The tots seem to have their eyes on the pretty woman and decide to visit her at home in Würzburg.

Meanwhile, with Kaspar's help, Simon has been hired as a helmsman on Katharina's boat to get closer to the young woman. This is only fine with the old man, since he would like to see his granddaughter and the self-confident river boatman as a couple. Simon on Katharina's ship - that cannot and does not work well. That's at least one ego too many. Simon mocks Katharina extensively, whereupon she runs away angrily. In Würzburg she meets Andreas and Martin and pours out her heart to the adolescents. But then she learns that Simon has been hospitalized and wants to visit him secretly. However, he seems to be awake as he's already hooking up with his godfather's daughter. Katharina is as jealous as she is angry and then drives to the grape harvest in Frickenhausen, where she has made an appointment with Martin and Andreas.

But Simon, who just wanted to tease Katharina again by flirting with the girl, followed her in a motorboat and intercepted Katharina shortly before she reached the wine village. There is a violent argument, including fights. The fight ends when Katharina leaves Simon and makes out soaking wet with the two 16-year-olds at the grape harvest festival. This in turn leads to an attack of jealousy by both friends who now want to attack each other with a knife. When Simon arrives, however, he can prevent the worst and separates the two simpletons who are in love - he has long known that Katharina's actions were only substitute acts. At last he has tamed the stubborn who sinks into his arms and now lets him steer her boat. The next day, Martin and Andreas look wistfully after the two of them as their ship heads towards the river horizon.

Production notes

The shooting (exterior shots) of We both loved Katharina began on August 28, 1944. By November 26, 1944, the exterior shots in Würzburg and Mainfranken were finished. The plan was for the entire film to be shot at the beginning of March 1945. The delivery of We Both Loved Katharina was scheduled for June 15, 1945. By the end of World War II, around 75 percent of the film had been shot.

The designs for the buildings come from Ernst H. Albrecht , production group leader Walter Tost also took over the production and production management.

We Both Loved Katharina was one of the last color films made in Germany before the end of the war (Agfacolor). There are only two rolls of picture and two rolls of sound from the film material.

The film shows some of the last shots of the previously undestroyed city of Würzburg , which was the victim of a heavy bomb attack by British RAF combat units on March 16 . The shooting teams of UFA ( comrade Hedwig ) and Terra, which were working almost simultaneously on site in Würzburg, were housed in one and the same hotel.


Since the film never saw a performance, there are no reviews.


  • Ulrich J. Klaus: German sound films 13th year 1944/45. P. 253 f. (084.45), Berlin 2002

Individual evidence

  1. Boguslaw Drewniak: 'Der deutsche Film 1938–1945', a total overview. Düsseldorf 1987, p. 481.
  2. Drewniak, p. 682.
  3. Ulrich J. Klaus: Deutsche Tonfilme, 13th year 1944/45, 084.45, p. 253, Berlin 2002
  4. ibid. P. 254

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