Zarah Leander was the most popular singing movie star during the Nazi period. (…)Leander's association with Nazi Germany and its film industry proved poisonous to her reputation and many Swedes reviled her as a Nazi collaborator. From that point until her retirement in 1972, an older and wiser Leander was celebrated as a legendary performer in German-speaking lands, appearing on-stage and on television, but only seldom in movies.
Leander began her career in the late 1920s, and by the mid 1930s her success in Europe, particularly in Germany and the Scandinavian countries, led to invitations to work in the United States. Leander was reluctant to relocate her children, and opted to remain in Europe, and from 1936 was contracted to work for the German Universum Film AG (UFA) while continuing to record songs. Joseph Goebbels, a leading Nazi Party member, once suggested that she was Jewish because Zarah is a variation of the Old Testament name Sarah. She silenced him by noting that Joseph was also a Biblical name. This disc is a compilation of her best songs, 16 tracks altogether, all in German.
London 1846. Singer Gloria Vane has a resounding success at the Adelphi Theater. While she throws a brilliant party, her lover, Sir Albert Finsbury, an army commanding officer, prepares to leave England for Australia, leading one of Her Majesty Queen Victoria's regiments. But Finsbury is also a compulsive gambler and, being unable to repay his debts, he commits a fraud that could cost him his career. Out of love for Albert, Gloria claims responsibility for his crime and his sentenced to penal labor in a camp in Australia, Paramatta. She is 'saved' by good-natured farmer Henry Hoyer who chooses her in a wedding market. But Gloria is not made for farming and soon realizes that she can't stand her new life.
"That Wonderful Girl" (AKA Come ad amare le donne imparai) features a large and renowned cast: Nadja Tiller, Anita Ekberg, Zarah Leander, Erika Schramm and Heinz Erhardt starring in this Italian-German production. The combination fits this sparkling comedy with flying colors: the youthful, beautiful Robert chases out into the world to unravel the mystery of women. In his boarding school the wife of the director gives him his first private lessons in the art of love.