The Last Illusion

The Last Illusion (German: Der Ruf) is a 1949 German drama film directed by Josef von Báky and starring Fritz Kortner, Johanna Hofer and Lina Carstens.[1] It was entered into the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

The Last Illusion
Directed byJosef von Báky
Produced by
  • Richard König
  • Josef von Báky
Written byFritz Kortner
Music byGeorg Haentzschel
CinematographyWerner Krien
Edited byWolfgang Becker
Objectiv Film
Distributed bySchorcht Filmverleih
Release date
  • 19 April 1949 (1949-04-19)
Running time
100 minutes

It was shot at the Bavaria Studios in Munich. The film's sets were designed by Fritz Lück, Fritz Maurischat and Hans Sohnle.


A Jewish university professor returns from exile following the end of the Second World War. His hopes of rebuilding a new Germany are undermined by the continuing antisemitism of his colleagues and students.



  1. Hake p. 103
  2. "Festival de Cannes: The Last Illusion". Retrieved 8 January 2009.


  • Hake, Sabine. German National Cinema. Routledge, 2002.
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