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

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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
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Veronika Harlan / Mellitta (as Lya de Putti)
Ilka Grüning ...
Baronin / Baroness
Grete Berger ...
Pfandleiherin Schwabe / Pawnbroker Schwabe
Anton Edthofer ...
Wigottschinski
Karl Etlinger ...
Buchbinder Starke / Bookbinder Starke (as Karl Ettlinger)
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Marie Starke
Heinrich Witte ...
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Storyline

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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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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expressionist "love story"
6 April 2004 | by (Wroclaw, Poland) – See all my reviews

A much underestimated movie. I've seen several of Murnau's flicks, and while I am the generally a big fan of his work, this one is actually one of my favorites. In a dreamlike manner it tells a story of main character's obsession with a manipulative and cruel woman. His love and desire makes him lose his senses - to a point where object of his passion becomes like a haunting spectre, a phantom. In some way Phantom is a forecast of another german picture, the famous Blaue Engel. Although the plot in one way or another has become a Hollywood cliche over the years, the movie is dark, strange and compelling. Murnau's depiction of insanity, especially in the final scenes is by itself a milestone of cinema.


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