Chemistry and Love

Chemistry and Love (German: Chemie und Liebe) is a 1948 East German comedy film directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Hans Nielsen, Tilly Lauenstein and Ralph Lothar. It is an anti-capitalist satire inspired by a stage play by the communist writer Béla Balázs.[1] The plot is built around the discoveries of a crusading inventor.

Chemistry and Love
Directed byArthur Maria Rabenalt
Written by
  • Frank Clifford
  • Marion Keller
Music byTheo Mackeben
CinematographyBruno Mondi
Edited byAlice Ludwig
Distributed bySovexport
Release date
  • 1 June 1948 (1948-06-01)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryEast Germany

It was made by the state-controlled DEFA studio. The film's sets were designed by Emil Hasler.


  • Hans Nielsen as Dr. Alland
  • Tilly Lauenstein as Martina Höller
  • Ralph Lothar as da Costa
  • Ann Höling as Georgia Spaldi
  • Gisela Deege as Aimée
  • Arno Paulsen as C.D. Miller
  • Gerd Frickhöffer
  • Arno Ebert as Cprnelius Vandenhoff
  • Alfred Braun as Narrator
  • Anneliese Rausch as Annelie
  • Jakob Tiedtke as Patient
  • Ye Chong Yin as Sprechstundenhilfe
  • Gustav Püttjer as Charly
  • Eugen Klinger as Dr. Nasier
  • Eduard Matzig as Dr. Hirai
  • Heinz Schröder as Dr. Oricheff
  • Wolfgang Adriano as Dr. Jänicker
  • Helmut Heyne as Dr. Blohmquist
  • Elfie Dugall as Fräulein White
  • Walter Weinacht as Virtuose
  • Helga Warnecke as Ansagerin
  • Axel Triebel as Bankier
  • Erika Görner as Frau Specht
  • Harry Förster as Mann mit Hakennase
  • Maria Milde as Winnie
  • Martin Rosen as Jensen
  • Eva Sieg as Clarissa


  1. Bock & Bergfelder p. 381


  • Kruschel, Karsten: "Leim für die Venus. Der Science-Fiction-Film in der DDR." Das Science Fiction Jahr 2007 ed. Sascha Mamczak and Wolfgang Jeschke. Heyne Verlag, 2007: 803–888. ISBN 978-3-453-52261-9.
  • Hans-Michael Bock and Tim Bergfelder. The Concise Cinegraph: An Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.

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