"Paris, du bist die schönste Stadt der Welt!" ... Ludwig Ruth Orchester (1937)





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Published on Mar 29, 2012

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"Paris, du bist die schönste Stadt der Welt" (Lit. Paris, you are the most beautiful city in the world) was composed by Theo Mackeben for the 1937 movie "Patrioten" directed by Karl Ritter. The movie starred Lida Baarova and Mathias Wieman in the leading roles and was one of Karl Ritter's better efforts.

"Patrioten" takes place during the First World War and tells the story of Peter - a German pilot (Wieman) - who crashes behind French enemy lines. Badly wounded he changes clothes and collapses on a road where he is picked up by group of travelling artists. Thérèse (Lida Baarova) takes a special liking to the man who calls himself Pierre an takes care of him... Inevitably they fall in love. Peter/Pierre would like to try an rejoin his troop and is torn between his love for Thérèse and his duty to his country. Eventually he confesses to Thérèse that he is a German soldier. Thérèse now finds herself torn between her love for Peter/Pierre and her duty to France. Charles - another artist in the group is also in love with Thérèse and suspects Pierre of not being who he says he is. When he catches Pierre trying to help German POW's he sees his chance to get rid of him. In the end thérèse sees no other option but to hand over Peter to the French authorities. Peter is arrested and accused of being a spy. He faces a military tribunal and faces the death penalty. However the trial is fair and Peter also manages to clear Thérèse's name. He is cleared of the espionage charge and sent to a POW camp until the end of the War. Peter and Thérèse embrace on last time.

"Patrioten" was premiered in Venice on 14.08.1937. Before being released in Germany it was shown at the Paris World's Fair on 03.09.1937 to kick off the German cultural week. In Germany "Patrioten" was released on 24.09.1937.

Karl Ritter (1888-1977) was an aviation pioneer before the First World War. After the War he studied achitecture and in 1925 he became a member of the NSDAP. That same year he started working in the movie industry and became a producer at Ufa in 1933 (producing "Hitlerjunge Quex). In 1936 he directed his first feature - the comedy Weiberregiment (Women's Regiment). The majority of the movies he directed were in line with the national socialist world view and are considered propaganda movies such as "Verräter" (1936), "Unternehmen Michael" (1937), "Pour le Mérite" (1938), "Kadetten" (1939/41), "Über alles in der Welt" (1941), "Stukas" (1941) and "GPU" (1942). The exceptions were "Capriccio" (1938) starring Lilian Harvey, "Die Hochzeitsreise" (1939) starring French actress Françoise Rosay and "Bal Paré" (1940) starring Ilse Werner. His movies benefited from the highest production values but tended to be heavy handed and blunt (much to the chagrin of Joseph Goebbles who preferred subtle propaganda). One such example is his 1942 anti -communist movie "GPU" which alternates between fast paced action thriller and crude newsreel propaganda... After the War Ritter emigrated to Argentina and directed a movie. In 1953 he returned to the Germany (Federal Republic) and directed two movies : "Staatsanwältin Corda" (1954) and "Ball der Nationen" (1954) which starred Zsa Zsa Gabor. After that he returned to Argentina where he died in 1977.

Lida Baarova and Karl Ritter had worked together on "Verräter" (Traitors - 1936). The beautiful Czech actress Lida Baarova of course is best remembered for her disastrous affair with Joseph Goebbels whom she met after coming to Germany in 1934.
More info on Lida Baarova :

Bandleader Ludwig (Lewis) Ruth (1889-1941) was under contract to Electrola between 1928 and 1937. He made a large number of popular recordings before leaving Germany in 1937. He emigrated to South Africa. Another talented musician in his orchestra, Hans Carste, took over the band...

The video features images of Lida Baarova as well as a few sequences from "Patrioten".

About the record:

E.G. 6008 / mx. ORA 2170


The record in average condition

This record was recorded with a Nagaoka MP10 cartridge with 3,5mm 78rpm stylus. The restoration was done as truthfully as possible.

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