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  • Stolen Identity

    1952. Austria/USA. Emil E. Reinhart. 89 min.

  • Vena

    1945. USSR. Jakov Posel’skij. 30 min.

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Stolen Identity

    1952. Austria/USA. Directed by Emil E. Reinhart. Screenplay by Michael Kehlmann, Franz Tassié. With Gustav Fröhlich, Francis Lederer, Cornell Borchers, Adrienne Gessner. Fröhlich (who played Freder in Fritz Lang's Metropolis) is the star of this little-known thriller, a rare example of Austrian film noir set in the seedy underbelly of postwar Vienna. Largely—and unjustly—forgotten today, the film has all the tension and atmosphere of its more famous counterpart, Carol Reed's immortal classic, The Third Man. Abenteuer in Wien was notably the first U.S.-Austrian co-production since the silent era, and a rare example of a 1950s film shot simultaneously in alternate language versions (German and English). While this had been common practice in the early years of “talkies,” the shooting of multiple-language versions was soon abandoned when dubbing and subtitling proved more convenient and economically viable. The English-language version of Abenteuer in Wien had its American release in 1953 under the title Stolen Identity, directed by Gunther von Fritsch with American actor Donald Buka replacing Fröhlich and with Francis Lederer reprising his earlier performance. In German; English subtitles. 89 min.

  • Vena

    1945. USSR. Directed by Jakov Posel’skij. On April 13, 1945, in the dramatic final months of the Second World War, the Red Army liberated Vienna from German occupation following a two-week offensive. This film by renowned Soviet documentarian Posel'skij deftly captures the emotional impact of one of history’s defining moments. Courtesy The Austrian Film Museum. In Russian; English subtitles. 30 min.

In the Film exhibition Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema

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