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

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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 ...
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Veronika Harlan / Mellitta (as Lya de Putti)
Ilka Grüning ...
Baronin / Baroness
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Pfandleiherin Schwabe / Pawnbroker Schwabe
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Wigottschinski
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Buchbinder Starke / Bookbinder Starke (as Karl Ettlinger)
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Marie Starke
Heinrich Witte ...
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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 »

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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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expressionistic descent into obsession
9 September 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Hot off his formidable achievement with "Nosferatu", F.W. Murnau made another expressionistic film, "Phantom". This one depicts Lorenz (Alfred Abel), a clerk who becomes obsessed with a woman (Lya De Putti) who accidentally struck him with a carriage. The movie contains some neat effects to highlight Lorenz's descent into madness. There are of course the buildings, but even more impressive is the ghostly carriage that emerges from a black void. A short documentary about the production makes note of how Murnau accomplished these interesting tricks.

One might call "Phantom" a precursor to "The Blue Angel" and "Lolita", but I wouldn't call that totally accurate. The latter two are more straightforward about their subject matter, while this one is deliberately surreal and dreamlike. But no matter how you interpret "Phantom", you can't deny that it is a very good representation of inter-war German cinema. The movie is a little slow at times, but definitely worth seeing.


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