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Writers:
Rudolf Stratz (novel)
Carl Mayer (adaptation)
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Release Date:
7 April 1921 (Germany) See more »
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In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Arnold Korff ... von Vogelschrey, Schlossherr auf Vogeloed
Lulu Kyser-Korff ... Centa V. Vogelschrey, Seine Frau (as L. Kyser-Korff)
Lothar Mehnert ... Graf Johann Oetsch (as Lotar Mehnert)
Paul Hartmann ... Graf Peter Paul Oetsch
Paul Bildt ... Baron Safferstätt
Olga Tschechowa ... Baronin Safferstätt
Victor Bluetner ... Der Pater Faramund (as Victor Blütner)
Hermann Vallentin ... Der Landgerichtsrat a.D.
Julius Falkenstein ... Der ängstliche Herr
Robert Leffler ... Der Haushofmeister
Walter Kurt Kuhle ... Ein Diener (as Walter Kurt-Kuhle)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loni Nest ... Kleines Mädchen (uncredited)
Georg Zawatzky ... Küchenjunge (uncredited)

Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
 
Writing credits
Rudolf Stratz (novella)

Carl Mayer (adaptation)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
 
Cinematography by
László Schäffer 
Fritz Arno Wagner  (as Fritz A. Wagner)
 
Art Direction by
Hermann Warm 
 
Art Department
Graf F. Montgelas .... art consultant
 
Music Department
Douglas M. Protsik .... musician: piano (restored version: 2002 )
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Schloß Vogelöd" - Germany (original title)
"Castle Vogeloed" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
75 min | USA:69 min | 70 min (20 fps) | Spain:55 min (VHS version) | Spain:81 min (DVD edition) | Germany:81 min (2002 restored version)
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The movie was shot in 16 days and released before the serialized novel's last chapter had been printed in the "Berliner Illustrierten".See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Movie, 18 February 2010
Author: vaughan-34 from United Kingdom

I'm not going to give away any of the plot in this review, it's worth simply watching the film and going with it.

However, I did want to address a couple of things in previous reviews.

Firstly there is a review from MARIO GAUCI that isn't exactly complementary. The thing is, the reviewer clearly saw a very inferior print of the movie, likely missing almost 30 minute3s of footage.

Like all movies, you really ought to give the benefit of the doubt to movies that you're seeing in 16mm reductions prints with a third of the film (which, true, at the time the other DVD of this came out, was considered "lost") missing. If you're into silent film, then don't go the cheapo route - spend the money on good restorations, it really pays dividends.

Secondly there is mention of the acting here being "stagey". This is a comment I see often, but i never truly understand it. This was made in 1921! If you're watching a piece of early cinema you can't expect the realism that we see on the screen today. Not only did the rules of cinema not exist at the time these films were made, but the technology available at the tie didn't allow for it. The call this film "stagey" is, if you don't mind me saying, rather ignorant. What did you expect? Instead, approach this for what it is. It is an early mystery film. There are some good performances, but I mostly enjoyed the shots of the rain drenched roads and fields. The dream sequences do a good job of balancing fear and comedy, and while the plot is rather transparent to modern minds, if you can set aside your critique and just allow the film to wash over you, it really works quite well.

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