Mistress of the World

For the 1919 eight-part silent film, see The Mistress of the World.
Mistress of the World

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]
Cinematography Richard Angst
Edited by Ira Oberberg[1]
  • CCC Filmproduktion GmbH
  • Franco-London-Films S.A.
  • Continental Produzione[1]
Release dates
  • October 12, 1960 (1960-10-12) (Paris)
  • 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 German-French-Italian science fiction-spy film 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 in CCC Studios in Berlin.[6] While filming in Indochina, Dieterle left the production leaving cinematographer Richard Angst to take over directing.[5]


Mistress of the World was released in Paris on October 12, 1960.[1]


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

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Herrin der Welt". Filmportal.de. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  2. Ashkenazi 2012, p. 116.
  3. "Il mistero dei tre continenti".Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia; Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 1992. ISBN 8876055932.
  4. 1 2 "Il mistero dei tre continenti". Marco Giusti. 007 all'italiana. Isbn Edizioni, 2010. ISBN 9788876381874.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Bergfelder 2005, p. 122.
  6. 1 2 "Herrin der Welt (1959) William Dieterle" (in French). Bifi.fr. Retrieved May 7, 2016.


  • Bergfelder, Tim (2005). International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books. ISBN 1571815384. 
  • Ashkenazi, Ofer (2012). Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity. Pelgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137010841. 

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