Time Out says

'What is eternity?' a young girl asks her soldier lover. What indeed? As in Ophüls' Lola Montès, La Ronde and Madame de... this early German melodrama - which treats the passionate, whirlwind love affair between a young lieutenant and a shy sensitive fräulein - acknowledges both the liberating joy of love and its sad transience. For humans are never entirely free of their past, and young Fritz has a skeleton in his closet that makes a mockery of the pair's vows of undying love. Most similar to Madame de..., the film may be a little slow and ragged at times, but its final emotional power is undeniably immense.


Release details

85 mins

Cast and crew

Max Ophüls
Hans Wilhelm, Kurt Alexander
Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Magda Schneider
Luise Ullrich
Willy Eichberger
Paul Hörbiger
Gustaf Gründgens