Hungarian Rhapsody (1928 film)

Hungarian Rhapsody (German: Ungarische Rhapsodie) is a 1928 German silent drama film directed by Hanns Schwarz and starring Lil Dagover, Willy Fritsch and Dita Parlo.[1] It depicts the life of an impoverished Hungarian aristocrat.

Hungarian Rhapsody
Directed byHanns Schwarz
Produced byErich Pommer
Written byJoe May
Hans Székely
StarringLil Dagover
Willy Fritsch
Dita Parlo
Music byWilliam Frederick Peters
Willy Schmidt-Gentner
CinematographyCarl Hoffmann
Edited byErich Schmidt
Distributed byUFA
Release date
5 November 1928
Running time
97 minutes
German intertitles

It was shot at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin and on location in Southern Hungary. Premiering at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo, it was one of the most popular German films released that year.[2] In 1929 a soundtrack was added to the film, leading to UFA producer Erich Pommer to describe it as his first "sound film", rather than Melody of the Heart.[3]

The film's sets were designed by the art director Erich Kettelhut.




  • Hardt, Ursula. From Caligari to California: Erich Pommer's Life in the International Film Wars. Berghahn Books, 1996.
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