The Famous Woman

The Famous Woman (German: Die berühmte Frau) is a 1927 German silent drama film directed by Robert Wiene and starring Lili Damita, Fred Solm and Warwick Ward. It was based on the play Die Tänzerin by Melchior Lengyel, who also wrote the film's screenplay.[1] While performing in Barcelona, a dancer falls in love with a Spanish aristocrat. He proposes marriage to her providing she give up her profession. She agrees and the wedding preparations begin. When her troupe returns to Spain, however, she is drawn back to her true calling as a dancer and her aristocratic lover reluctantly allows her to go free.[2] Damita's performance was particularly praised, as was the cinematography of Otto Kanturek who had done location shooting in Barcelona.[3]

The Famous Woman
Directed byRobert Wiene
Produced byHermann Fellner
Josef Somlo
Arnold Pressburger
Written byMelchior Lengyel (play and screenplay)
StarringLili Damita
Fred Solm
Warwick Ward
Lissy Arna
Music byWalter Ulfig
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Distributed byDeutsche Lichtspiel-Syndikat
Release date
29 October 1927
German intertitles



  1. Jung & Schatzberg p.141
  2. Jung & Schatzberg p.141-142
  3. Jung & Schatzberg p.141-142


  • Jung, Uli & Schatzberg, Walter. Beyond Caligari: The Films of Robert Wiene. Berghahn Books, 1999.

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