Miss Universe 1929 - Lisl Goldarbeiter - A Queen in Wien (Miss Universe 1929 - Lisl Goldarbeiter - A Szépség útja)

(2006, documentary, video, color, 70 minutes)
co-produced with:Netherlands

Lisl Goldarbeiter's cousin, amateur filmmaker Marci Tenczer came from Szeged. He studied in Vienna, where he saved even his money for the tram to buy a camera and film and to pursue from time to time his passion for making films. It is through him that this bittersweet twentieth-century Austro-Hungarian life and family story has come down to us. Lisl, who grew up in Vienna in modest circumstances, first won the title of Miss Austria in 1929 at the Austrian beauty contest, finishing ahead of 600 other contestants. She finished second at the Miss Europe beauty contest in Paris, where the first Hungarian beauty queen, Böske Simon won. That year the beauty queens of the world set sail to the United States to compete against the American beauties in Texas. This is where Lisl was voted the first Miss Universe by a unanimous decision of the jury! Lisl, now suddenly world famous, received various invitations and an offer from Hollywood, and her company was sought after by many celebrities. She traveled extensively and, having rejected numerous suitors, finally married Fritz Spielmann, heir to a silk necktie fortune in Vienna. Marci Tenczer faithfully recorded it all on film. These golden years in Vienna came to an end when Hitler's Germany annexed Austria. They lost nearly everything in the war, and the adventure of suffering and life continued…

Awards

Reus Memorimage - 2007

Best Soundtrack: László Melis

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2007

Special Mention

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2008

Freedom of Expression Award

Festivals

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival - 2007

(in competition)

Săo Paulo It's All True - 2008

New York Tribeca Film Festival - 2007

(in competition)

Barcelona DocsBarcelona - 2008

(in competition)

Ashkelon Jewish Eye Festival - 2010

National premiere:
2006