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26 October 2016

Ihr Sport (1919)

Henny Porten (1890-1960) was one of Germany's most important and popular film actresses of the silent cinema. She appeared both as the tragic heroin in many dramas and as the zany girl in comedies. We love the images of the postcards produced for her comedy Ihr Sport/Her Sport (Rudolf Biebrach, 1919).

Henny Porten in Ihr Sport
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 609/1. Photo: Messter Film, Berlin. Publicity still of Henny Porten in the German silent film Ihr Sport (1919).

Henny Porten in Ihr Sport
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 609/2. Photo: Messter Film, Berlin. Publicity still of Henny Porten in the German silent film Ihr Sport (1919).

Henny Porten in Ihr Sport
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 609/3. Photo: Messter Film, Berlin. Publicity still of Henny Porten in the German silent film Ihr Sport (1919).

The Man Hater


Henny Porten plays in Ihr Sport/Her Sport (Rudolf Biebrach, 1919) Adelina von Gentz, known as 'Männerfresserin' (man hater) .

When her friend Helga (Wally Koch) is about to marry old-fashioned Rudolf Walters (George Schnell), Adelina writes Helga to rebel against her new husband.

On their honeymoon the newly married couple travel to the Silesian Karpates where Adelina lives. Upon their arrival, the couple is at odds with each other.

This is the ideal condition for Adelina to try to break up her friend's new marriage. She disguises herself as a maid and assumes a position in the hotel where the couple Walters has descended. She wants to tease Helga's husband.

In the hotel, Adelina meets namesake Rudi Walters (Hermann Thimig), who causes Adelina to quickly cast aside her hostile attitude towards men. At the end of the film, Adelina has not only found love, but has also reconciled Helga and her husband.

As the shooting in the snow proves, Ihr Sport was shot in early 1919, immediately after the shooting of the Porten film Irrungen. The script was written by Robert Wiene, cinematography was by Willibald Gaebel, and the sets were designed by Ludwig Kainer. Actress Wally Koch (Helga) also edited the film.

The film passed censorship in March 1919, but was forbidden for young people. Ihr Sport premiered at the Berlin Mozartsaal cinema on 12 April 1919. In the weekly Austrian film programme Paimann’s Filmlisten, Franz Paimann wrote about the film: "Humor very good. Cinematography, acting and sets excellent."

Henny Porten in Ihr Sport
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 609/4. Photo: Messter Film, Berlin. Publicity still of Henny Porten in the German silent film Ihr Sport (1919).

Henny Porten in Ihr Sport
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 609/5. Photo: Messter Film, Berlin. Publicity still of Henny Porten in the German silent film Ihr Sport (1919).

Henny Porten in Ihr Sport
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 609/6. Photo: Messter Film, Berlin. Publicity still of Henny Porten in the German silent film Ihr Sport (1919).

Sources: Wikipedia (German and English) and IMDb.

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