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12 December 1921 (Finland) See more »
Extremely rare work of Robert Wiene. From the director and year of excellent "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" this work was eventually overshadowed by the success of Caligari. It has a dreamy atmosphere, like another world or something. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Robert Wiene 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carl Mayer 

Produced by
Rudolf Meinert .... executive producer
Erich Pommer .... producer
Cinematography by
Willy Hameister 
Production Design by
Bernhard Klein 
César Klein 
Kurt Hermann Rosenberg 
Costume Design by
César Klein 

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44 min (DVD) (cut) | Germany:88 min (original version) | 88 min (DVD) (long version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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A 43-minute condensation of this silent film can be found as an Extra Feature on the Kino Video DVD of _Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The (1920)_ The full-length version can only be viewed at the Munich City Film Museum archive in Germany.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Caligari's Footsteps, 5 July 2006
Author: Cineanalyst

The same director, cinematographer and writer of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" made this subsequent picture, "Genuine". Likewise, it is also an Expressionist film (one of the few made during Weimar Germany, contrary to what Lotte Eisner and the use by some of "expressionism" as an umbrella term for almost all German cinema of the period might suggest). Additionally, similar to "Caligari", the main body of "Genuine" is framed as a dream. Yet, I wasn't engulfed into the universe of "Genuine", as I was with "Caligari".

The story, although just as peculiar, isn't as involving, which is unfortunately probably, in part, because the Kino release is only a condensed version. The framing of scenes is just as prosaic and theatrical as that in "Caligari"--if not more so. As well, the stylized acting seems more overdone and obtrusive this time. But, more importantly, the problem is the sets, which I can't see the entire version improving much upon. The Expressionist set designs are equally strange, with odd angels and geometric shapes. The production, however, leaves too much space open and unfilled, which is the largest reason that "Genuine" isn't as involving, or captivating, as "Caligari".

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