Cinema: The New Pictures, may 11, 1959

Embezzled Heaven (Rhombus-Film; Louis de Rochemont) is a reasonably loyal German adaptation, dubbed in English, of the 1940 bestseller in which Franz (The Song of Bernadette) Werfel proposed a parable of modern man's fatal confusion, as he saw it, of the material and the spiritual worlds. The heroine is a dim-witted old peasant woman (Annie Rosar), who works as a cook in a wealthy Austrian family, saves all her pennies to educate her nephew (Kurt Meisel) for the priesthood. Actually the cook does not care a fig for the nephew. All she wants is...

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