The film “Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer” by Werner Jacobs is now available for the first time on the label U8 Films Berlin by UCM.ONE in cooperation with moviemax in the newly 2K scanned and restored theatrical version in full HD as a Mediabook. A special highlight of this limited release is that for the first time…
The film “Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer” by Werner Jacobs was completely tailored to the pop star and leading actor Roy Black. That he also sang his hits there was obligatory. He sings the following songs in the film: “Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen“, “Meine Freunde sind die Pferde“, “Ach, wie ist’s möglich dann“, “Alle warten auf das Glück” and “Ich will dich nicht verlieren“. The film is now available for the first time on the label U8 Films Berlin by UCM.ONE in cooperation with moviemax in a newly digitally scanned and restored version.
The young architect Hannes Cremer wants to forget his professional stress on his grandfather’s farm in the Black Forest. He has just quit his job and has also given his fiancée Janine, the daughter of his boss, the slip. However, the intended rest comes to nothing, because not only his employer and his fiancée are after him, but he also meets the ‘four-leaf clover’, a quartet of ladies on their way to a wedding. Especially Renate (Barbara Nielsen), who has also just been bitterly disappointed, has captured Hanne’s heart in no time. And these are not the only surprises that await Hannes in the Black Forest.
About Werner Jacobs
Werner Jacobs was born on 24.4.1909 in Berlin. He graduated from high school in Berlin in 1928, but was unable to study due to lack of money. It was not until 1930 that he found work in a Berlin dubbing studio as a draftsman and assistant in film and sound editing. Jacobs was very good at his work and so he was soon appointed as an editor. In 1934, MGM brought Werner Jacobs to the Berlin studios for its German branch. He worked there as an editor and assistant director. He edited U.S. feature films for the German market, took care of the editing and dubbing. In 1939 he moved to Bavaria Film. In 1940 he was drafted for military service. In 1943, Jacobs fell seriously ill with a lung disease and was neither fit for war nor for work. It was not until 1949 that he was offered a position again as producer and chief editor of the newsreel “Welt im Bild“.
From 1952 Werner Jacobs worked mainly as a director. He was considered a specialist for musical films and simple comedies. His operetta adaptations “Der Bettelstudent” (1952), “Der Graf von Luxemburg” (1957), “Im weißen Rössl” (1960) and “Die lustige Witwe” (1962) are still considered outstanding today. He also became known for several film adaptations of Ludwig Thoma‘s material, such as “Onkel Filser” or “Tante Frieda“. His last musical film, his trademark, was directed in 1974 with “Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer” with pop star Roy Black. Werner Jacobs retired in 1975. Werner Jacobs was married to Gertrud Hart since 1945, the couple had 2 sons. Werner Jacobs died on January 24, 1999 in Munich.
Filmography (as director, excerpt)
Der weiße Löwe
|1957||Das einfache Mädchen|
|1957||Der Graf von Luxemburg|
Im weißen Rössl
Die lustige Witwe
|1963||Heimweh nach St. Pauli|
Der weiße Löwe
|1971||Das einfache Mädchen|
|1972||Der Graf von Luxemburg|
Im weißen Rössl
Die lustige Witwe
That Roy Black also sang his hit songs in the film was obligatory. Besides some folk songs, his own singing titles “Alle warten auf das Glück“, “Meine Freunde sind die Pferde” and “Ich will dich nicht verlieren” can be heard. Roy Black was accompanied by James Last and his orchestra during all the vocal performances. James Last also wrote the rest of the music for this film.
Title: Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer
Director: Werner Jacobs
Screenplay: August Rieger
Actors & actresses: Roy Black, Barbara Nielsen, Heidi Hansen, Elke Aberle, Anita Mally, Peter Millowitsch, Bettina Haensler, Hans-Jürgen Bäumler, Gracia-Maria Kaus, Rut Rex, Rolf Olsen, Eva Garden, Alexander Grill, Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Ilse Peternell, Ralf Wolter, Elia Zimmermann, Max Strecker, Elfie Pertramer, Franz Muxeneder, Hans Terofal, Claus Biederstaedt, Wolfgang Draeger, Rita Engelmann Rita Engelmann, Wolfgang Völz, Inge Wolffberg
Producer: Heinz Willeg
Cinematography: Heinz Hölscher
Editig: Alfred Srp
Electrical & technical departement: Peter Bischoff
Production management: Axel Bär
Production assistant: Lilo Pleimes
Assistant director: Margit Spitzer
Music: James Last
Production companies: Allianz Filmproduktion, Terra-Filmkunst
Year of production: 1974
Genres: Komödie, Heimatfilm
Lenght: 86 Min (Cinema version)
Rating: FSK 6
Aspect ratio: 1.66 : 1
Colour: Colour (Eastmancolor)
Original negative format: 35 mm
Resolution: Full HD
Film label: U8 Films Berlin
DVD start: February 19, 2021
Mediabook (Blu-Ray, DVD+CD): August 28, 2022
VoD-Start: February 19, 2021
The Encyclopedia of International Film says of this film “serial entertainment framed by hits along folk lines.”
About Roy Black
Gerhard Höllerich, his real name, was born in Straßberg near Augsburg on January 25, 1943. He attended elementary school in his hometown and later high school in Augsburg. He then studied business administration in Munich. To earn some pocket money as a student, he toured Augsburg’s bars as a singer in the Augsburg band “The Honky Tonks” during the 1963 carnival. In 1964, he became the singer of the group “Roy Black and his Cannons” winner in an Augsburg young talent contest. Roy Black, henceforth his stage name, was created in allusion to his black hair (Black) and the first name of his singer idol Roy Orbison. Polydor producer Hans Bertram saw this performance on television in Munich, where he was staying at the time, and immediately sought contact with Gerhard Höllerich through his old school, the Augsburg Gymnasium. On 1.9.1964 Gerhard Höllerich received a record contract with Polydor and now finally became Roy Black!
The first single he still recorded with the Cannons, but it was not a success. Only his first solo recording, “Du bist nicht allein“, reached number 4 in the German charts. With the song “Ganz in weiß” came the final breakthrough. In the release year 1965, this title was sold 2.5 million times. He was number 1 and a total of 14 weeks in the charts. He was also very successful in the following years. His singles reached 27 chart positions, 12 of them top ten and 3 number 1! Of his albums, 21 entered the charts, 6 in the Top Ten and one at No. 1. Now the German film industry also had Roy Black in focus. From 1967 he was cast in various comedies and music films. He appeared in 12 feature films and in the television series “Ein Schloss am Wörthersee“. Especially the television series, which ran from 1990-1991, was very popular and provided high ratings. His friends, colleagues and acquaintances had their problems with Roy Black‘s personality. On the one hand, he was a very empathetic and loving person, but on the other hand, he was paranoid, stingy and very often depressed and egocentric. He had great problems to reconcile the art figure Roy Black and the human being Gerhard Höllerich. He never really succeeded until his death. Gerhard Höllerich was heart-sick from birth. In 1986, after a severe heart attack, he had two new heart valves implanted in Munich. He suffered from heart failure again and again. Such a heart failure also led to his death on October 9, 1991, in his fishing lodge in Heldenstein. He was alone there and no one could help him. Speculation about a suicide was unfounded in the opinion of forensic medicine. His death was probably clearly heart failure.
Immer Ärger mit den Paukern
|1970||Wenn du bei mir bist|
|1971||Hochwürden drückt ein Auge zu|
Grün ist die Heide
|1974||Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer|
About Barbara Nielsen
Barbara Nielsen was born on 21.9.1949 in the Netherlands. As a film actress she became known mainly in erotic films of the 1970s. In the film “Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer” she plays Roy Black‘s seductress. In the 90s she worked mainly for television.
Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust
|1973||Wenn jeder Tag ein Sonntag wär|
|1974||Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer|
|1990||Der Dschungel muss verrückt sein|
About Peter Millowitsch
The son of the well-known and famous Cologne folk actor Willy Millowitsch was born in Cologne on February 1, 1949. Even as a child, he played alongside his father in Cologne in the family Millowitsch Theater. He attended an acting school in Hamburg and succeeded his father as theater manager of the Millowitsch Theater in Cologne. Peter Millowitsch works not only for his theater but also for television. In many television series he was and is to be seen. For the cinema, he has appeared in only a few films, mainly alongside Roy Black. His private hobby is car racing. He drives endurance races in his own race car in the German Endurance Cup.
About Elke Aberle
Elke Aberle was born in Neuss on July 1, 1950, the daughter of a postal worker. Very early, at the age of only five, she appeared in motion pictures. Her first well-known role was that of the nestling “Julchen” in the family comedies with Heinz Erhardt “Witwer mit fünf Töchtern” and the sequel “Vater Mutter und neun Kinder“. However, she was rarely cast in leading roles in feature films. Only in Wolfgang Staudte‘s “Das Lamm“, where she plays a young village lolita, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s “Ich will doch nur, dass ihr mich liebt” where she plays a psychologist, were major roles in feature films. Elke Aberle was and is a theater actress. Since her early youth, her love belongs to the theater. She also works for television. She can often be seen there in many episodes of various television series and in television films. In 1965, she received the Bambi for best young actress.
|1955||Kinder, Mütter und ein General|
Witwer mit fünf Töchtern
|1958||Vater, Mutter und neuen Kinder|
|1960||Das große Wunschkonzert|
Mädchen hinter Gittern
|1971||Wenn mein Schätzchen auf die Pauke haut|
|1974||Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer|
|1976||Ich will doch nur, dass ihr mich liebt|
Movie posters and earlier covers for VHS and DVD
Filming for “Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer” took place in October and November 1973 in the Upper Black Forest, in Todtmoos, Grafenhausen and Wendlingen. The wedding ceremony was filmed in the magnificent baroque monastery church of St. Peter in the Black Forest. German theatrical release was on March 08, 1974 in Constantin-Filmverleih.
About James Last
James Last was born under his civil name Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen. Since the first wife of his father Louis had died early and he was alone with three children, he married Martha Rex, his second wife. This marriage also produced three children and Hansi was the nestling! He was already very musical as a child and his parents sent him to a music academy in Frankfurt in 1943, when he was only 14 years old. The school had just started when an air raid destroyed the buildings and Hans Last was transferred to the Bückeburg Army Music School. Hansi Last learned the double bass there. In June 1945 Last became a professional musician. He had the opportunity to work as a pianist in American clubs in Bremen. Radio Bremen became aware of him and he became bass player in the Dance Orchestra of Radio Bremen when this station started broadcasting on December 23, 1945. Along the way he played, often together with his brothers, in small formations on colorful evenings, birthday parties or in pubs – mainly jazz. At the first German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt in 1953, an all-star band was formed from the best musicians. In the line-up Paul Kuhn: piano, Max Greger: tenor saxophone, Günter Fuhlisch: trombone, Fred Bunge: trumpet, Teddy Paris: drums and Hans Last: bass, a recording of this unique line-up was released by the Telefunken company.
It was a great moment for German jazz. Hans Last was successful with his dance music on Radio Bremen. In the USA at that time a special orchestra attracted attention, which consisted mainly of string players. The leader of this orchestra was the Italian Annunzio Mantovani. Hans Last was asked by the radio station to found such an orchestra. Thus the Hans Last Orchestra was born. Last was intensively involved with Mantovani’s music. The latter worked with a tape recorder in order to maximize the string sound. Last adopted the method and lo and behold, the new string orchestra sounded great. Hans Last recorded all the strings individually, duplicated this recording and recorded them in addition to the orchestra. The sound was bombastic and the audience was thrilled.
He moved to Hamburg with his wife and got a job at the large NWDR – initially as a freelancer as a bass player in the orchestra, after the separation of NDR and WDR it became a permanent position. Franz Thon was in charge of the orchestra. The orchestra accompanied many pop stars on their recordings, for example Vico Torriani, Bibi Johns or Peter Alexander. But he also worked for other pop singers like Udo Jürgens, Freddy Quinn, Lale Andersen, Wencke Myhre, Caterina Valente or Brenda Lee. Through his many arrangements, contacts were made with the record company Polydor.
Hans Last enforced his own album at Polydor and recorded the album with his own orchestra titles in his, later so popular Happy Sound. The release exceeded all expectations. The album sold magnificently. Between 1963 and 1973, Hans Last, who in the meantime had adopted the stage name James Last at Polydor‘s insistence, received no less than 100 gold records! James Last frequently went on tour with his orchestra. Especially in England he found great recognition. He loved to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, which was always sold out. James Last gave many concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. Even if the hall was fully booked, a date was always cleared for James Last. An English newspaper once said: “On the black market you can get a ticket for the final of the World Cup, or an invitation to the Queen’s garden party, but certainly not a ticket for a James Last concert”. James Last toured the world in the 1990s and 2000s. He played in many cities around the globe. One of his most famous songs, “The Lonely Shepherd” was used for the television series “The Gold of the Desert“. 25 years later, Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino made the title the leitmotif in the movie “Kill Bill.” James Last‘s soundtracks for the films “Morgens um sieben ist die Welt noch in Ordnung“, “Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer” with Roy Black, and “Der Kapitän” with Heinz Rühmann are also famous. After only a short, serious illness, James Last died on June 9, 2015 at his estate in West Palm Beach (Florida) at the age of 86.
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Comments on the film
“Viewers can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Germany and take a little pleasure in the nostalgia that “Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer”… knows how to exude.” (schlombies-filmbesprechungen.blogspot.com)
“Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer, already in the title perfectly the mixture of homesickness, longing for an ideal world and the escape from the otherwise existing one.” (ofdb review)
“Along with two other Roy Black films, hit film specialist Werner Jacobs also shot this cozy homeland comedy against the romantic backdrop of the Black Forest.” (fernsehserien.de)
Available formats and equipment
Limited Mediabook (Blu-Ray + DVD + CD):
For the first time worldwide in HD or HD remastered (DVD) and scanned and restored from the original German cinema print.
Aspect ratio Blu-Ray: WS 1.66:1 / 1080p 24; Aspect ratio DVD: WS 1.66:1 (anamorphic) | Total running time Blu-Ray 86 min (German theatrical version); Total running time DVD: 82 min
Sound format Blu-Ray: German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono); Sound format DVD: German DD 2.0 (mono); Sound format CD: Stereo
Bonus material: German trailer, artwork gallery, 16-page book section with many pictures and information, soundtrack to the film (available for the first time and unique in this edition.
Rating: FSK 6
Released worldwide for the first time on DVD in the new HD remastered version.
Aspect ratio: WS 1.66:1 (anamorphic) | Total running time: 82 min
Sound format German DD 2.0 (mono)
Bonus material: German trailer, artwork gallery
Rating: FSK 6