Black Forest Girl | Chicago Reader

Black Forest Girl

Based on a 1917 operetta, this 1950 romantic comedy was a hit in Germany, initiating the “homeland film” that celebrated German traditions, but it's pretty hard to stomach. Two women—a dancer and a secretary who appears as a “Black Forest Girl” at a costume ball—attract multiple suitors, and when the dancer travels to the countryside with a valuable necklace, a complicated chase ensues. The comedy is corny (there are dumb jokes involving a giant man), and the plot twists more times than a pretzel. Worst of all, director Hans Deppe's images are static and inert, a series of brightly colored postcards rather than elements of a flowing narrative. In German with subtitles. 100 min.

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