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Der brennende Acker (1922)

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When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Krauss ...
Der alte Rog / Old Rog
Eugen Klöpfer ...
Peter Rog
Vladimir Gajdarov ...
Johannes Rog
Eduard von Winterstein ...
Graf Rudenburg / Count Rudenburg
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Gerda, Rudenburgs Tochter / Gerda, Rudenburg's daughter
Stella Arbenina ...
Helga, Rudenburgs zweite Frau / Helga, Rudenburg's 2nd wife
Alfred Abel ...
Ludwig von Lellewel
Grete Diercks ...
Maria
Elsa Wagner ...
Magda
Emilia Unda ...
Alte Magd / Old maid
Leonie Taliansky ...
Gerdas Zofe / Gerda's maid
Georg John ...
Großknecht / Head farm-hand
Emilie Kurz ...
Großmagd
Robert Leffler ...
Diener
Eugen Rex ...
Ackerkäufer
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When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ambition leads him to charm Gerda, the Count's unique daughter. But when he discovers that Count's second wife Helga will soon inherit a field that only he knows his underground is full with petroleum, he changes his allegiance... Greed and death. Written by Yepok

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20 November 1922 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Burning Soil  »

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This movie was considered lost for a long time. In 1978 an almost complete print was found in the estate of an Italian priest who had organised screenings in mental hospitals. See also The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). See more »

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A new take on the Prodigal Son
29 September 2006 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Der Brennende Acker (1922) aka Burning Soil was made just before Nosferatu. I bought my copy at ebay (from bill2001). The picture quality was like something from a bad, old VHS tape, and it really made it difficult to watch the film (it is also only 78 min. long so it looks like some of the scenes are missing).

I loved the film, even in this bad condition. It is really the story of the prodigal son, mostly with out the father. The interpretation is actually quite interesting, but I can't explain why with out giving away the end. So you just have to trust me on that one.

The film is quite dramatic and dark, even surprisingly dark at times. An superb film from one of the best directors of all time (might even get a higher score with better transfer and in full length). Here's hoping that this film will get the treatment it deserves.


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