Skip to Content


film series: From Vault to Screen: Austria

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has canceled this event. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

Two of twentieth-century Europe's most popular actors — Viennese natives Anton Wohlbrück and Paula Wessely ("Die Wessely" to her fans) — lead the radiant cast of the Austrian operetta film Maskerade. Wessely's naive art student Leopoldine meets Viennese high society painter Heideneck (Wohlbrück) at an over-the-top carnival ball — the centerpiece in a spirited intrigue set in decadent turn-of-the-century Vienna. Franz Planer's cinematography and Willy Schmidt-Gentner's score (performed by the Vienna Philharmonic) complete the dreamlike enchantment. (Willi Forst, 1934, 35 mm, subtitles, 90 minutes)