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Girl Rosemarie, The (Mädchen Rosemarie, Das (1958))

Girl Rosemarie, The
Scene from "The Girl Rosemarie" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek)

West Germany in the 1950s. Rosemarie, a pretty young street musician, meets the influential tycoon Konrad Hartog by chance. Hartog, one of the leading personalities of the West German “Economic Miracle”, is a member of a powerful cartel that is working with the government on a secret project. Hartog begins an affair with Rosemarie, and finally even pays for her apartment and gives her a generous monthly allowance. When the French spy Alfons Fribert gets wind of the affair, he realizes that Rosemarie could be his ticket to finding out the cartel’s secret. Fribert takes Rosemarie under his wing and helps her become West Germany’s most exclusive call girl; her clients are the wealthiest and most powerful men in the country. In exchange, Rosemarie allows Fribert to record all the conversations she has with her clients. When the cartel finds out about the recordings, Hartog tries to save her by offering to pay her a large amount of money for the recordings. Rosemarie, however, wants more than just money; she wants to finally be accepted by society. But by refusing Hartog’s offer, Rosemarie has sealed her own fate. The cartel must keep its secret at all costs...

Rolf Thiele was born as Wilhelm Isersohn in 1890 in Vienna and died in 1975 in California. He began his career as a theater actor before he started directing at the Muenchener Volkstheater in 1918. His film career began in the early 1920s with such films as Carl Michael Zeiher, der letzte Walzerkoenig (1922) and Franz Lehar (1923). He left Germany in 1933 via England to the United States, where he continued to direct, initially for the theater, and then signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1934. After his film The Lottery Lover (1934), he broke off with 20th Century Fox and changed to Paramount, and in 1937 to MGM. A selection of his other films includes: Sein grosser Fall (1926), Adieu Moscotte (1929), Die Drei von der Tankstelle (1930), Der letzte Fussgaenger (1960), and Sabine und die 100 Maenner (1960).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1958
Director Rolf Thiele
Screenplay Erich Kuby, Rolf Thiele, Jo Herbst, Rolf Ulrich
Cinematography Klaus von Rautenfeld
Elisabeth Neumann-Kleinert
Norbert Schultze
Wolf Englert, Ernst Richter
Cast Gert Froebe, Hanne Wieder, Mario Adorf, Jo Herbst, Werner Peters, Karin Baal, Horst Frank, Erik von Loewis, Arno Paulsen, Tilo von Berlepsch, Carl Raddatz, Peter van Eyck, Nadja Tiller, Hubert von Meyerinck
Producer Luggi Waldleitner
Production Company Roxy Film/Munich
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
Subtitled Version Italian
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Venice 1958
Awards Pasinetti Prize Venice 1958
German Distributor Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen/Berlin

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