The Woman One Longs For

The Woman One Longs For (German: Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt) is a 1929 German silent drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Kortner and Frida Richard. It was based on the novel of the same title by Max Brod, published in Vienna by Paul Zsolnay Verlag in 1927. Made partly at the Babelsberg Studios, the film premiered on 29 April 1929 at the Mozartsaal in Berlin.[1] The film's art direction was by Robert Neppach. It is also known by the alternative title The Three Lovers.

The Woman One Longs For
Marlene Dietrich in a scene from the film.
Directed byCurtis Bernhardt
Produced byHermann Grund
Written byMax Brod
Ladislaus Vajda
StarringMarlene Dietrich
Fritz Kortner
Frida Richard
Oskar Sima
Music byGiuseppe Becce
Edward Kilenyi
CinematographyCurt Courant
Hans Scheib
Distributed byTerra Film
Release date
29 April 1929
German intertitles

The film was originally silent with a scored orchestra accompaniment by Giuseppe Becce. In 1931 a synchronised soundtrack was added with music by Edward Kilenyi.



  1. Bach p.496


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