Synopsis: A biography of Hildegard Knef, one of Germany's biggest post-war stars.
Director(s): Kai Wessel
Production: Egoli Tossell Film
  4 nominations.
137 min

Luck should behave gently

and treat my destiny with loving care.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are starting

our descend on Berlin.

Please refrain from smoking

and fasten your seatbelts.

There they are. Hello, Hilde.

Nice to have you back.

Can we ask some questions?

- One at a time.

I'm doing fine. I'm always happy

to feel the ground under my feet.

Miss Knef, how do you explain...

...all the ups and downs in your life?

Success and failure are both overrated.

But failure makes for better headlines.

Tonight you'll make history

as the first...

...popular singer in the Philharmonie.

Why Knef, of all people?

If it's sold out, I don't ask.

How would you answer?

I never ran after the crowd.

That's why l've ended up in places...

...where the crowd never was. Fortunately.

Or unfortunately.

- Miss Knef,

what is your next film project

- Young man,

I won't make another film.

Unless poverty forces me to.

You left Berlin when the Wall was built.

How do you feel about it today?

I just climb over walls, that's all.

Can l have your autograph?

- With pleasure.

What's your name?

Monika. Very good.

Is that alright?

- Thank you.

Nice to have you back.

I can't shake off this damn feeling

that they'll hate me tonight.

Too high, too sharp.

Roll sound.

- Rolling.

Screen test:
Hildegard Knef.

- Ready!

I'm sorry, l forgot my lines.

No, l was just kidding.

My name is Hildegard Knef, and...

I'd like to study acting

at the Babelsberg film school.

My peace is gone,

my heart is sore,

I'll find it, ah, never,

no, nevermore!

His noble form,

his bearing so high,

and his lips so smiling,

and the power of his eye.

My bosom yearns

toward him to go.

Ah! Might l clasp him

and hold him so.

And kiss his lips

as fain would I

upon his kisses

to swoon and die!

Why do you want to be an actress?

Because I have talent.

How do you know?

- I just do.

Turn your head to the side.

I want to see your profile.

Where were you?

- Hello, Mother.

Frieda, get inside.

Where is Grandfather?

- Waiting till the last minute,

to sit near the door.

Hilde, come on!



I got accepted!


The boy's going downhill.

Thank God we're being evacuated.

I'm not coming, Mother.

- What?

I'm staying in Berlin.

- Quiet over there!

The girl's talking nonsense!

She certainly can't sing.

She has a boy's voice, it's unmelodic!

She has a boy's body.

She's not pretty or elegant, nothing!

Please take a seat.

You see, Ms Bongers,

we're going to be evacuated.

I can't stay, my son has a weak heart.

I have to take my daughter with me.

She mustn't steer a wrong course.

She has no talent for acting.

With respect, we decide that.

Or are you implying that

Minister Goebbels is no judge?


No, l didn't mean...

Read it out, Hilde.

"Hildegard Knef perfectly represents

the archetypal German girl.

She has an appealing charm,

a pretty smile, and a clear gaze.

On top of that, she is well-built

and moves graciously.

She is nice, but her nose needs

to be fixed.

Minister Goebbels."

Her nose has already been fixed once.

She broke her nose as a child.

But you think that a second operation

would help?

I didn't break my nose, you broke it.

At 16 l used to softly say

I want to be great, be a winner,

to be happy, to never lie.

At 16 l used to softly say

I want it all, or nothing.

A lady should not grovel.

Ewald von Demandowsky.

I saw your screen test, Miss Knef.

I think you have great talent.

Thank you.

Please, just one dress!

Just for a night.

- No.

I don't have time to go home.

Ewald von Demandowsky has asked me

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