Filmic adaptation of Wolfgang Borchert’s play Draußen vor der Tür featuring additional flashbacks and a conciliatory ending. Beckmann, a soldier who returns from several years in Russian captivity finds out that his wife is with another man now and that his son is dead. In his desperate state, Beckmann sees only one solution for himself because he is no longer able to cope with this situation – but then he meets Anna, a young widow who has also lost her will to live, at the bank of the Elbe river. They begin to tell their stories to each other. —filmportal.de
Wolfgang Liebeneiner was born in the town of Liebau / Niederschlesien (today Lubawka / Poland) on the 6th of October 1905. His father, a former army officer, owned a textile factory. Leibeneiner attended both military and civil schools, and enrolled at university in 1924. He studied German literature, philosophy and history in Innsbruck, Berlin and Munich.
There he joined an academic theatre company, and was finally asked by Otto Falckenberg to join the Münchner Kammerspiele. He debuted in a staging of Wedekind’s drama “Frühlings Erwachen” and later began directing plays as well . From 1932-34, he was an ensemble member at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin.
In 1931, he gave his screen debut, playing an English lieutenant in the war movie “Die andere Seite”. A year later, he embodied an Austrian army officer in Max Ophüls’ “Liebelei”. In 1936, Liebeneiner, who was mostly typecast as the romantic lover in movies, joined Gustaf Gründgens at the Staatstheater, where he worked… read more