Stützen der Gesellschaft (1935) AKA Pillars of Society


Henrik Ibsen’s 1877 play Samfundets Stotter (Pillars of Society) was the source for this German drama. The plot centers upon a flagrant case of municipal corruption, carried out by the town’s “finest” people. The selfishness of the elite results in widespread tragedy, yet still the perpetrators hypocritically blame everyone but themselves.

Director: Douglas Sirk (as Detlef Sierck). AKA Pillars of Society
Writer: Henrik Ibsen (play), Karl Peter Gillmann, Georg C. Klaren.
Stars: Heinrich George, Maria Krahn, Horst Teetzmann, Albrecht Schoenhals, Suse Graf, Oskar Sima, Karl Dannemann, Hansjoachim Büttner, Walther Süssenguth, Franz Weber, Paul Beckers, S.O. Schoening, Toni Tetzlaff, Maria Hofen, Gerti Ober.



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  1. Steven Burstein
    December 24, 2020

    I love how depictions of the US in 30s German films are always a little bit off.

  2. Vidor
    February 17, 2021

    Oh man, a Douglas Sirk movie, I had no idea.

  3. Wolfgang Jahn
    July 11, 2022

    Very early Douglas Sirk highlight before he fled from Nazi-Germany. Heinrich George is excellent, as always. Essential!

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