Love '47

Love '47 (German: Liebe 47) is a 1949 German drama film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Dieter Horn, Hilde Krahl and Sylvia Schwarz. It was part of the cycle of rubble films made in post-war Germany. A young man and a woman about to commit suicide by jumping into a river, recount to each other their experiences of the Second World War and the struggles of the immediate post-war situation. Eventually they convince each other that life is worth living after all.

Love '47
Directed byWolfgang Liebeneiner
Produced byHans Abich
Written by
Music byHans-Martin Majewski
CinematographyFranz Weihmayr
Edited byWalter von Bonhorst
Distributed byPanorama-Film
Release date
7 March 1949
Running time
118 minutes

It was partly based on the play Draußen vor der Tür by Wolfgang Borchert, with many extra scenes added showing the experience of a woman on the home front whereas the original stage work had concentrated only on the perspectives of soldiers coming home.[1] The film is particularly notable for its sympathetic treatment of its female protagonist.



  1. Shandley p. 71–72


  • Shandley, Robert R. Rubble Films: German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich. Temple University Press, 2001.
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