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Der Favorit der Königin

The Queen's Favourite

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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”.

Franz Seitz sen.

Germany 1922

German intertitles

109’ · 35 mm


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


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

Produced by

Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG (Emelka)