The Hymn of Leuthen

The Hymn of Leuthen (German: Der Choral von Leuthen) was a 1933 German film depicting Frederick the Great, directed by Carl Froelich starring Otto Gebühr, Olga Tschechowa and Elga Brink. It was part of the cycle of nostalgic Prussian films popular during the Weimar and Nazi eras. The title refers to the 1757 Battle of Leuthen.

The Hymn of Leuthen
Directed by
Produced byCarl Froelich
Written by
Music byMarc Roland
Edited by
Carl Froelich-Film
Distributed byUfa Film Company (US)
Release date
  • 3 February 1933 (1933-02-03)
Running time
91 minutes

The film was loosely based on the novel Fridericus by Walter von Molo. It presented Frederick as an inspired leader.[1] The film's sets were designed by the art director Franz Schroedter.

The film premiered four days after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of the Reich.[2]



  1. Kracauer, pp. 266–267
  2. Leiser, p. 112


  • Leiser, Erwin (1975). Nazi Cinema. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-02-570230-1.
  • Kracauer, Siegfried (1947). From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-08708-5.
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