The Eternal Mask

The Eternal Mask (German: Die ewige Maske) is a 1935 Austrian-Swiss drama film directed by Werner Hochbaum and starring Peter Petersen, Mathias Wieman and Franz Schafheitlin. The film was amongst the best ten foreign films of the year judged by the 1937 American National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. It also ran in competition at the 3rd Venice International Film Festival.

The Eternal Mask
Directed byWerner Hochbaum
Written byLeo Lapaire (novel)
Werner Hochbaum
StarringPeter Petersen
Mathias Wieman
Franz Schafheitlin
Tom Kraa
Music byAnton Profes
CinematographyOskar Schnirch
Edited byElse Baum
Progress Film
Distributed byArthur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn (US)
Release date
26 August 1935 (Wien)
12 January 1937 (US)
Running time
85 minutes



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