Mistress of the World

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Mistress of the World
Herrin der Welt-1960-poster.JPG
German poster for part 1 of the film
Directed by
Produced by Artur Brauner [1]
Screenplay by
Based on Die Herrin der Welt
by Karl Figdor [2]
Music by Roman Vlad [1]
CinematographyRichard Angst
Edited by Ira Oberberg [1]
  • CCC Filmproduktion GmbH
  • Franco-London-Films S.A.
  • Continental Produzione [1]
Distributed by UFA
Release date
  • April 14, 1960 (1960-04-14)(Hamburg)
  • West Germany
  • France
  • Italy [1]

Mistress of the World (German : Die Herrin der Welt, French : Les mystères d'Angkor, Italian : Il mistero dei tre continenti) is a 1960 science-fiction spy film remake of the 1919 eight-part silent film The Mistress of the World directed by William Dieterle and starring Martha Hyer and Carlos Thompson. [3] It marked the comeback in his native country of the director William Dieterle after several decades spent in Hollywood. [4] In West Germany, it was released in a longer version split in two parts (Die Herrin der Welt - Teil I and Die Herrin der Welt - Teil II). [4]





Mistress of the World was developed when producer Artur Brauner invested in a three-hour West German-French-Italian co-production. [5] Brauner contracted William Dieterle to direct the film. [5] The film was made with a predominantly German crew, but with a multi-national cast including Martha Hyer and Sabu from Hollywood, Carlos Thompson from Argentina and Gino Cervi from Italy, and Micheline Presle and Lino Ventura from France. [5]

The film was shot between September 1959 and January 1960. [6] The film shot around the world, including Macau, Angkor, Nice, Hong Kong, Naples, Nepal, Sweden, Bangkok, and the Spandau Studios in Berlin. [6] While filming in Indochina, Dieterle left the production, leaving cinematographer Richard Angst to take over directing. [5]


The first part of Mistress of the World was released in Hamburg on April 14, 1960. [7] The second part was released on April 26, 1960. [8]


The film was not received well by critics in West Germany on its release. [5]

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