Austria, 1934, 90min, German with English subtitles, directed by Willi Forst
Nora Gregor & Anton Walbrook Season
We explore the very different fates of two of Austria’s pre-war
giants of the silver screen: Nora Gregor and Anton Walbrook in this dedicated mini season.
Nora Gregor, born in 1901 in Gorica, then part of
Austria-Hungary became one of the most sought after actresses of her
time. She appeared in German speaking as well as Hollywood films and
joined the ensemble of the Burgtheater. Following her marriage to the
Austrofascist politician Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg, Nora and her family
left Austria in 1938. She died impoverished and forgotten in Chile in
Anton Walbrook was born in Vienna in 1896 into a family of actors and achieved great success on both stage and screen during the 1930s in Austria and Germany. At the time of the 'Anschluß ' Walbrook’s career was already international and multi-lingual. He settled in the UK in 1937 where his screen presence mesmerized directors such as Powell & Pressburger.
Gaslight featuring Anton Walbrook
Thursday 27 September, 7pm, ACF London
What Women Dream featuring Nora Gregor
Thursday 11 October, 7pm, ACF London