The King of Bernina

The King of Bernina (German: Der König der Bernina) is a 1957 Austrian-Swiss historical drama film directed by Alfred Lehner and starring Helmuth Schneider, Waltraut Haas and Walter Janssen.[1]

The King of Bernina
Directed byAlfred Lehner
Produced by
Written by
  • Karl Heinz Busse
  • Jakob Christoph Heer
Based onDer König der Bernina
by Jakob Christoph Heer
Music byFrank Filip
CinematographySepp Ketterer
Edited byMargarete Egle
  • Urania Film
  • Zenith-Sonor Produktion
Distributed byEuropa-Filmverleih (W.Germany)
Release date
  • 9 August 1957 (1957-08-09)
Running time
93 minutes
  • Austria
  • Switzerland

The film's sets were designed by the art director Nino Borghi. It was shot at the Rosenhügel Studios in Vienna. Location shooting took place in the Swiss Alps. The film was made using Agfacolor. It was based on a classic novel which had previously been filmed in Hollywood as Eternal Love (1929) by Ernst Lubitsch.

Set during the Napoleonic era, it is part of the heimatfilm tradition of the post-war years. It is also a re-envisioning of the mountain film genre.



  1. von Dassanowsky p. 171


  • Von Dassanowsky, Robert (2005). Austrian Cinema: A History. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-2147-0.
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