Gently My Songs Entreat

Gently My Songs Entreat (German: Leise flehen meine Lieder) is a 1933 Austrian-German musical film directed by Willi Forst and starring Marta Eggerth, Luise Ullrich and Hans Jaray. Art direction was by Julius von Borsody. The film is a biopic of the composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828).[1] It was Forst's directorial debut.[2] A British version was made called Unfinished Symphony. The German title refers to the first line of the Lied "Ständchen" (Serenade) from Schubert's collection Schwanengesang, "the most famous serenade in the world",[3] which Eggerth performs in the film.

Gently My Songs Entreat
Directed byWilli Forst
Produced byGregor Rabinovitch
Written byWalter Reisch
Willi Forst
StarringMarta Eggerth
Luise Ullrich
Hans Jaray
Hans Moser
Music byWilly Schmidt-Gentner
CinematographyAlbert Benitz
Franz Planer
Edited byViktor Gertler
Release date
8 September 1933
Running time
85 minutes




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