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

documentary, video, 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…


Péter Forgács Director
Marci Tenczer Director of photography
Péter Sass Editor
László Melis Music
Tamás Zányi Sound
Cesar Messemaker, Ralph Wieser, Péter Forgács Producer
For-Creation Ltd., Mischief Film, Lumen Film / NL Production company
Péter Forgács Narrator


Reus Memorimage - 2007 Best Soundtrack: László Melis
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2007 Special Mention
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2008 Freedom of Expression Award


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

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