Zarah Leander says goodbye.
In theory this might be a rear projection shot with a miniature sailing ship drifting off into a cyclorama sea, but I want and in some silly way NEED to believe that the shot, from Douglas Sirk’s ZU NEUEN UFERN, was achieved in camera, with a really BIG model ship, as tall as the statuesque Zarah herself, positioned not far from her in a forced perspective kind of a deal. That makes it somehow more poetic, I think.
The film is very good, once you get past the oddity of Nazi Germany making a valid critique of the British class system. It’s also a rare musical where every single eruption of song, apart from the music hall numbers, feels like a derailment of the film’s cinematic reality. It’s like seeing a musical for the first time, before you knew they were possible.