Der Favorit der Königin

The Queen's Favourite
In London, ca. 1590, as an epidemic claims increasing numbers of victims, doctor Gordon Pembroke defies a ban on dissection to perform autopsies to try to understand the disease. The queen’s lover, Lord Surrey, who has eyes for Pembroke’s daughter Evelyne, has the doctor executed and sentences Pembroke’s assistant, Arthur Leyde, whom Evelyne deeply loves, to a long prison term. But the jealous queen puts paid to Surrey’s plans – she promises the lady-in-waiting to the Earl of Warwick and grants Leyde a pardon. Surrey has Evelyne kidnapped, but once she is at his mercy, she falls into a coma. When Leyde autopsies her, he makes a discovery ... Shot at the same Munich studio and in the same spirit as Nathan der Weise (Nathan the Wise, Manfred Noa, 1922), Der Favorit der Königin was also indebted to the ideals of the Enlightenment. In this suspenseful period film, the stated goal of the doctors is to “liberate science from its shackles, and the people from a scourge”. In 1922, it was no doubt provocative – and not only in Catholic Bavaria – to articulate a democratic ideal that was a resounding call to the powers that be and the clergy that “the people’s voice is the voice of God”.
by Franz Seitz sen.
with Hanna Ralph, Albert Patry, Wilhelm Kaiser-Heyl, Maria Minzenti, Erich Kaiser-Titz, Oskar Marion, Alf Blütecher, Carl Goetz, Otto Kronburger, Ferdinand Martini
Germany 1922 German intertitles 109’

With

  • Hanna Ralph
  • Albert Patry
  • Wilhelm Kaiser-Heyl
  • Maria Minzenti
  • Erich Kaiser-Titz
  • Oskar Marion
  • Alf Blütecher
  • Carl Goetz
  • Otto Kronburger
  • Ferdinand Martini

Crew

Director Franz Seitz sen.
Screenplay Alfred Schirokauer based on the play “Das zweite Leben” (1910) by Georg Hirschfeld
Cinematography Franz Planer, Karl Attenberger
Set Construction Willy Reiber
Costumes Ludwig Kirschner

Produced by

Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG (Emelka)

Franz Seitz sen.

Filmography

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018