Weimar Republic cinema

Robert Wiene – Orlacs Hände AKA The Hands of Orlac (1924)

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn’t know they once belonged to a murderer. Read More »

Marie Luise Droop & Muhsin Ertugrul – Das Fest der schwarzen Tulpe (1920)

This silent film rarity has turkish intertitles only. Reason is that it was restored and shown for a turkish film festival about Muhsin Ertugrul.

Muhsin Ertugrul is a legendary turkish film director who was a pioneer of the turkish cinema.
He started as an extra and minor actor in early german film industry and later learned directing films at the german Ustad Film company, which was specialized in directing films based on the books of famous ( at least in Germany) adventure and travel author Karl May. Lot of his books played in then Turkish Empire and therefore Muhsin Ertugrul seemed to be predestined for these films. Read More »

Ludwig Berger – Ich bei Tag und du bei Nacht AKA I by Day, You by Night (1932)

A nightclub waiter and a manicurist share the same room, she sleeps there by night and he by day. They’ve never met, but they can’t stand each other. Then one day, they meet by chance… Read More »

Arthur Robison – Die Todesschleife AKA Looping the Loop (1928)

Circus and variety films were a popular genre in the silent film era. This was Robert Reinert’s last film collaboration; he died before the production was finished. It tells the story of a clown who hides his identity while courting a young female artist. The atmospheric sets by Robert Herlth and Walter Röhrig, the masterful direction by Arthur Robison, and especially the dramatic performance by Werner Krauss raise the film considerably over other works in the genre. The elaborate digital restoration by the Munich Film Museum displays the film’s visual beauty. Read More »

Jacob Fleck & Luise Fleck – Mädchen am Kreuz AKA Crucified Girl (1929)

Luise Kolm-Fleck staged a number of melodramas and Heimat films with her husband in Germany and Austria before they fled together to Shanghai ahead of rising fascism. The Filmarchiv Austria has restored several films by this previously forgotten film pioneer which demonstrate her impressive directorial skill and astonishing commitment to the treatment of societal and social problems. The focus of CRUCIFIED GIRL is a young woman whose carefree life changes when she is the victim of rape. Read More »

Erich Engels & Fyodor Otsep – Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff (1931)

Plot Synopsis
This is a stripped down (but still excellent) version of “The Brothers Karamazov.” Young Dimitri Karamasoff, on leave from the army, returns home to ask his father for money to get married. When he arrives he finds that his father has become smitten with a young woman of extremely questionable character named Gruschenka. His father gruffly rebuffs Dimitri’s request for money. Dimitri immediately seeks out his fathers lover to demand that she break off the engagement. Things get a bit more complicated when his anger towards her turns to infatuation – and eventually obsession. Dimitri and his father are both mad for Gruschenka, but she doesn’t want anything from either of them – except their money. Things come to a head when the old man is found murdered. Did Dimitri really commit patricide? Or is there more to the story? Read More »

Carl Boese & Paul Wegener – Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam AKA The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)

In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem – a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. Read More »