Phantom (1922)

TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  13 November 1922 (Germany)
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A shiftless young man becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman and yearns to find her again.



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Cast overview:
Alfred Abel ...
Frida Richard ...
Lubotas Mutter / Lubota's Mother (as Frieda Richard)
Aud Egede-Nissen ...
Melanie Lubota
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ...
Hugo Lubota (as H.H. v. Twardowski)
Adolf Klein ...
Eisenwarenhändler Harlan
Olga Engl ...
Harlans Frau / Harlan's Wife
Veronika Harlan / Mellitta (as Lya de Putti)
Ilka Grüning ...
Baronin / Baroness
Grete Berger ...
Pfandleiherin Schwabe / Pawnbroker Schwabe
Anton Edthofer ...
Karl Etlinger ...
Buchbinder Starke / Bookbinder Starke (as Karl Ettlinger)
Marie Starke
Heinrich Witte ...
Amtsdiener / Clerk
Literary Editor
Gerhart Hauptmann ...
Himself in Opening Credits


Lorenz Lubota is a city clerk with no direction in life. One day on his way to work he is run over by a woman driving a chariot and he is immediately infatuated with her. His life begins to spiral out of control as he searches for this girl and tries to win her heart. Written by page8701

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance


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Release Date:

13 November 1922 (Germany)  »

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Phantom  »

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1.33 : 1
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This movie was considered lost for a long time but is now available in good condition. See more »


When Lorenz'a Aunt Schwabe reads his letter of termination, she is wearing gloves, but the close up of the letter shows a bare hand holding it. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits Lya De Putti only appears credited as Mellitta. The "actress" who plays the role of Veronika Harlan appears credited only as "x x x". See more »

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An errie drama, but not the best of Murnau's films
6 March 2001 | by (Saint Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

The story of a man Lorenz Lubota (played by Alfred Abel) who chases a woman Pfandleiherin Schwabe (Grete Berger) who keeps escaping him and is, virtually, like a phantom. This drama is not as potent as Murnau's other attempts at heart wrenching dramatic cinema (such as TABU and SUNRISE). Much like SUNRISE this film suffers from a running time that could, easily, be cut in half. There are not as many interesting elements in this story as, say, THE HAUNTED CASTLE or FAUST. But still it is worth a look for any of Murnau's dedicated fans. It includes Murnau's usually study of human suffering and torment, and his supernatural imagery (a ghostly horse carriage, and a leaning city- much like Weine's CAL

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