Split in History: Filming of Das Schloß im Süden (1933)

Daniela Rogulj

Do you know about the movies filmed in former Yugoslavia?

While Croatia has become a hotspot in recent years for movie scenes and TV series, did you know that Croatia was also a desired destination for film directors back in the days of former Yugoslavia?

If you didn’t, you’re not alone, and with the buzz of “Mamma Mia” shooting on Vis and the new Netflix original taking over Pag and parts of Split, it’s always comforting to revisit the simpler times when movie productions were far less involved. We all deserve to see a good film in black and white!

To give you a brief rundown of Yugoslavia’s film history, 59 foreign films were shot in former Yugoslavia, and 48 of them were filmed in Croatia – particularly along the Adriatic Coast. 

You can see the city of Split in “The Sunflower Woman” from 1920, “Brigantenrache” from 1922, “90 minuten Aufenhalt” from 1936, and “Der Unmogliche Herr Pit” in 1938, amongst much more. 

Today, we introduce to a German film from 1933 titled “Das Schloß im Süden” (The Castle in the South). 

Shot in Split and its surrounding areas, the director of the movie was Géza von Bolváry, and Liane Haid and Viktor de Kowa played the leading roles.

The film was also screened in Yugoslavia and was criticized because its opening credits had no mention of the movie locations. 

You can watch the movie in its entirety below. 




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