7.0/10
88
4 user 5 critic

Power (1920)

Algol - Tragödie der Macht (original title)
An alien from the planet Algol gives a man a device that gives him superpowers.

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Golem (1920)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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.

Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener
Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wealthy man invites the local wealthy bachelors over for a puppet show about men who covet another man's wife. The puppeteer is actually a witch and gives the men nightmares about what could happen if they date the lady of the house.

Director: Arthur Robison
Stars: Alexander Granach, Max Gülstorff, Lilli Herder
Der müde Tod (1921)
Drama | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Robert Wiene
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

For Balduin, going out to beer parties with his fellow students and fighting out disputes at the tip of the sword have lost their charms. He wants to find love; but how would he, a ... See full summary »

Director: Henrik Galeen
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Elizza La Porta, Fritz Alberti
Phantom (1922)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A shiftless young man becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman and yearns to find her again.

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Alfred Abel, Frida Richard, Aud Egede-Nissen
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Robert Paige
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Prototype dumb blonde Irma and her slacker, wheeler-dealer boyfriend Al interfere in the love life of Irma's level-headed room mate Jane.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: John Lund, Diana Lynn, Don DeFore
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two goofballs try to run a beaten-down old amusement park.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Gigi Perreau
Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Singer Steve, friend Seymour and fiance Jane, along with her dizzy blonde room mate Irma, have a series of misadventures on a California-bound train and end up involved with a gang of murderous gangsters in Las Vegas.

Director: Hal Walker
Stars: John Lund, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn
Certificate: Passed Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The owner of a plantation in the jungle marries a beautiful woman. Shortly afterward, he is plagued by a strange voodoo curse which transforms him into a gorilla.

Director: Curt Siodmak
Stars: Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney Jr., Raymond Burr
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marie Windsor
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Robert Herne
John Gottowt ...
Algol
...
Peter Hell
...
Maria Obal
Erna Morena ...
Yella Ward
Ernst Hofmann ...
Reginald Herne
Gertrude Welcker ...
Leonore Nissen
...
Magda Herne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sebastian Droste ...
Ein Tänzer
Edit

Storyline

An alien from the planet Algol gives a man a device that gives him superpowers.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

7 November 1921 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Power  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2011 restored)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(tinted and toned)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film takes place from 1920 to 1940. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Faustian Expressionism
19 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I made it through this by dredging up a bit of my college German (the dialogue boxes are in German) and managing to get about a fourth of it and extrapolating the rest. This is more of a film about the evils of ambition than a science fiction film. Once the alien (devil) has had his way with Robert Herne, it now is about him. Herne is given immense power in the form of machine that can produce electricity for the world. Instead of seeing the potential for making things better for humanity, the former lowly coal miner becomes a boss, using his riches for outrageous purposes. He throws away all the relationships he has and pretty much turns his son into a monster. He doesn't seem to get much enjoyment out of the rich, who hang on his every word, but he can't let go. There is a little bit of Von Stroheim's "Greed" here, though that is quite another story. It does go on to tell a morality tale of the life on the farm versus the evils of usurping businesses, the bucolic winning out. But is it really about socialism being the answer? I really believe that this is more about personal evil. If there is anything unfair, it is a basic view of humanity. Here it is simplistic and outrageous. Is there no middle ground here. Apparently, there is no merchant class. People revel in Bacchanalian orgies when given the chance. Anyway, this is a groundbreaking movie whose intentions laid the foundation for future German expressionism, even if it failed at times.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?