Sometimes life treats you to something very special, and luckily last month a very kind Stephen Boyd fan in France (Emmanuel) contacted me and offered to send me the DVD of Frauenstation, a late 1970’s German film Stephen Boyd made with Horst Buchholz (The Magnificent Seven). I was so excited to get this movie as I had never been able to track it down. And what an amazing performance I had been missing!
Frauenstation, or Women in Hospital, is based on a 1964 novel by Marie Louise Fischer. It was directed by Rolf Thiele. It was released in April of 1977. In the film Stephen plays Dr. Oberhoff, a doctor in a women’s hospital ward. He works tirelessly with fellow doctor and friend Horst Buchholz (Dr. Schuman). The two doctors give abortions, help with pregnancies and even perform C-sections. There seems to be some philosophical conflict between the two men. (The dialogue is only in German so you have to read between the lines!) Stephen’s character is the father of a precocious young teenage girl (Pirko Zenker) who has had a baby out of wedlock which he helps take care of. Perhaps he himself is against abortion? Horst’s character tends to a very emotional yet beautiful, drug-addicted wife (Lillian Müller) who, it seems, gave herself a grisly abortion in dream-like flashbacks and tries to drown her sorrows in pills. Boyd is very tender on-screen with his young daughter and grandson and rigidly devoted to his profession as a world weary doctor who still has time to flirt with the sexy nurses. It’s a fascinating and layered performance. He looks very handsome with his coiffed mustache and white doctor’s coat as well.
Watch this incredible performance by Stephen Boyd as Dr. Oberhoff below!