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Whom the Gods Love (German: Wen die Götter lieben) is a 1942 Austrian historical musical film directed by Karl Hartl and starring Hans Holt, Irene von Meyendorff, and Winnie Markus. The film is a biopic of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was made as a co-production between the giant German studio UFA and Wien-Film which had been set up following the German annexation of Austria. The film was part of a wider attempt by the Nazis to portray Mozart as an authentic German hero. Like many German biopics of the war years, it portrays the composer as a pioneering visionary.
|Whom the Gods Love|
|Directed by||Karl Hartl|
|Written by||Richard Billinger (novel) |
E. Strzygowski (novel)
Eduard von Borsody
|Produced by||Karl Hartl|
|Starring||Hans Holt |
Irene von Meyendorff
|Edited by||Henny Brünsch |
|5 December 1942|
|Country||Austria (Part of Greater Germany)|
The title refers to Mozart's middle name Amadeus (Latin for "love God") and to the aphorism "he whom the gods love, dies young" (Latin: "quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur") from Plautus' Bacchides, lines 816–17, and earlier Greek sources, including Homer's mention of Trophonius; Mozart died at the age of 35.
A British film of the same title had been released in 1936.