When it was released in 1950, The Sinner inspired vigorous protests and caused huge controversy for a film industry just getting back on its feet. Its tale of a young woman who survives as a prostitute after the war and later falls in love with a dying artist shocked conservatives and religious authorities. A popular actor and director of comedies since the 1920s, director Forst, in his first postwar movie, reveals a considerable feeling for melodrama. His narration proceeds without any sensationalism, and the theme of a great, ill-fated love is skillfully developed through the unfolding memories of the woman.
Director: Willi Forst. AKA The Sinner
Writers: Willi Forst, Gerhard Menzel, Georg Marischka.
Stars: Hildegard Knef, Gustav Fröhlich, Änne Bruck, Robert Meyn, Jochen-Wolfgang Meyn, Andreas Wolf, Benno Gellenbeck, Theo Tecklenburg, Karl Kramer, Horst von Otto, Irene Mirbach, Carl Voscherau.
Cinematographer: Václav Vích.
Composer: Theo Mackeben.
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Note: English subtitles by FatPlank & TimCooper @KG with much improved timings by me, additional thanks to my good friend Pablo K. for some minor corrections in the translation.