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



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Cast overview:
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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Release Date:

13 November 1922 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Phantom  »

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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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Excellent drama
5 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silent German film about a meek, mild man who seems to have no life or goals. Then he meets a blond-haired girl riding a chariot. He immediately falls in love with her. It leads to his downfall ending in murder. But there is redemption.

This silent film was long believed to be lost. Thankfully it's been rediscovered which is great--this is a wonderful drama. My synopsis may sound a little strange but this is a hard film to describe--you have to see it to understand. It's beautifully directed by F.W. Muranu--many elaborate camera tricks and fade ins and outs. Also it deals with some touchy subjects such as prostitution (never called that but it's there). The acting is a little over the top but that's to be expected in silent movies. But there is a wonderful (if frightening) performance by Grete Berger as Mrs. Schwibe. My only complaint is that this film is shown in flashback which somewhat dilutes the drama (that's why I'm only giving it a 9). Still, this is a great silent film. It's not up to Muranu's "Nosferatu" or "Sunrise"--but then what is? Well worth seeing.

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