Life Begins Tomorrow

Life Begins Tomorrow (German: Morgen beginnt das Leben) is a 1933 German drama film directed by Werner Hochbaum and starring Erich Haußmann, Hilde von Stolz and Harry Frank.[1]

Life Begins Tomorrow
Directed byWerner Hochbaum
Produced byEmil Unfried
Written byCarl Behr
Music byHanson Milde-Meissner
CinematographyHerbert Körner
Release date
  • 4 August 1933 (1933-08-04)
Running time
89 minutes

After working on the film, the left-wing Hochbaum emigrated to Austria due to the coming to power of the Nazis, although he did return to make films for the regime.

The film's sets were designed by Gustav A. Knauer and Alexander Mügge.


A cafe violinist is released from prison. Through his neighbors' whispered gossip, and the violinist's own flashbacks, it is learned he was imprisoned for murder. Threaded with all this is another uncertainty: Has his wife, a waitress, begun a love affair while he was in jail? And will this give the violinist another temptation to murder?

Artistic devices

This story... is a sort of anthology of 1920s International Style devices: canted angles, rapid montages, City Symphony passages, flamboyant camera movements, multiple-image superimpositions, and huge close-ups of faces, hands, and objects. The work on sound is no less ambitious, with voice-overs, sound motifs (a carousel, a canary’s call-and-response to a chiming doorbell), offscreen dialogue, and harsh auditory montages of traffic and city life. Everything from Impressionist subjective-focus point-of-view to Expressionist shadow work comes into play.

David Bordwell,



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p. 202


  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.
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