The Crucifix Carver of Ammergau

The Crucifix Carver of Ammergau (German: Der Herrgottschnitzer von Ammergau) is a 1952 West German romantic drama film directed by Harald Reinl and starring Erich Auer, Elise Aulinger and Willy Rösner.[1]

The Crucifix Carver of Ammergau
Directed byHarald Reinl
Produced byOttmar Ostermayr
Written byLudwig Ganghofer (play) Peter Ostermayr
Music by
Edited byAdolf Schlyssleder
Peter Ostermayr Produktion
Distributed byKopp-Filmverleih
Release date
19 December 1952
Running time
90 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Part of the tradition of heimatfilm, it was based on the 1880 play of the same name by Ludwig Ganghofer. It was made at the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich and on location in the Bavarian Alps. The film's sets were designed by the art director Max Seefelder.


A rural wood carver is invited by a painter to come to Munich to study art, leading to tensions with his girlfriend.



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p.29


  • Hans-Michael Bock and Tim Bergfelder. The Concise Cinegraph: An Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.
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