Devil's Mistress

Synopsis: One of the greatest untold love stories of the 20th century, this is the story of Lída Baarová, a beautiful Czech actress, who conquered Germany's silver screen as well as the heart of one of the Third Reich's most powerful men: the Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. How could Hitler's chief ideologist fall in love with a non-Aryan Slavonic beauty whose race had been designated as inferior by the Führer in "Mein Kampf" and whose country was soon to be occupied by the Nazis? How could one of Europe's most glamorous actresses reject offers of stardom from Hollywood in preference to a dangerous romance with the Nazi monster with a deformed leg?
Director(s): Filip Renc
  3 nominations.
106 min


I have loved a criminal.

But that's not a crime.

Kiss me, my girl. Kiss me now

Kiss me, and look me in the eyes

No one can resist your beauty

I like you so much. Can't you tell?

Kiss me, my girl. Kiss me now

Kiss me. Do not shun love

Your eyes are so seductive

Come here, girl. Come closer to me

Well this here is Adina.

Adina Mandlov.

And this is me.

And this here is Ljuba Hermanov.

I don't know, but I think this

is going to be the last conversation

I will ever have.

I'm not sure why I agreed to it.

Maybe you have a yearning

for the Czech language.

Are you in touch

with any fellow countrymen at all?

Well, there are plenty of Czechs

here in Salzburg, but...

I don't really go out anymore.

Right. Let's start.

In Czechoslovakia

you were already famous in the 1930s.

You were young, beautiful

and idolized by men.

You had a brilliant career ahead of you.

But in 1934 everything

changed dramatically, didn't it?

Responsible for that was Milo Havel,

proprietor of the Barrandov Studios.

My mother wanted to realize her unfilled

desire of being an actress through me.

That's why she was thrilled when Havel

finally invited us into his office.

The day after tomorrow

you'll be expected at the UFA Studios.

In Babelsberg.

So we did it.


Your partner will be either

Rolf Wanka or Gustav Frhlich.

Gustav Frhlich?

All of Prague is at your feet.

Now you can take Berlin by storm.

I want to go to the academy of music

too, but I'll never be as good as you.

Zorka, you could be better than me.

But you have to work at it

and not let anyone push you aside.

Being successful is a struggle.

It's a struggle?

A struggle.

Girls, go to sleep.

What is it, Papa?

What is it'?

When did you grow so tall'?

Not long ago we were

pushing you around in a baby carriage.

I will miss you. Do you know that?

Mama wants you

to be successful so badly, but...

I'm not so sure

it's a good thing you're going there.

Ah Well...

In Czechoslovakia

you're a movie star, Lduka.

Behave accordingly.

I never managed to have a career,

as you know.

So now you will make my dream come true.

Right. Bye.

The lighting's set.

Make-up, get over here!

Last preparations!

Set camera!

Get out of the frame!

I beg you, please get out of the frame.


Yes, Lda?

I thought my partner

was going to be Gustav Frhlich?

You don't approve of Rolf Wanka?

No, that's not what I meant.

We're getting started.

It's just...


Quiet please, we're rolling.

Everyone ready?

Roll camera!

Mark it.

Rehearsal "Barcarole", take one!



Please answer me!


there was nothing until now

but bleak, barren nothingness.

In for a penny,

in for a pound.




"Pound", you see?

Miss, try and get it right. "Pound".

That's Lda Baarov.

Try to give it a wider sound. "Pound".


There, you see?

Let's take it from the top, okay?


Roll camera!

Rehearsal "Barcarole", take two.

And action!

In for a penny,

in for a pound.




Once more. And please try

to pronounce it right. "Pound".


So, once more. Quiet, please!

"Pound." - Roll camera.

Rehearsal "Barcarole", take three.

And action!

In for a penny, in for a pound.

Pond. Pond?

Cut! If she concentrates on

the pronunciation, she forgets to act.

It's useless. She's too distraught now.

Mama, they're laughing at me.

They may be laughing at you now,

but one day

they will bow down before you.

Come on.

Good day.

Milo Havel ensured me

Baarov could speak German.

The little doe

is absolutely enchanting, Correll.

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