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 ...
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 ...
Amtsdiener / Clerk
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Himself in Opening Credits
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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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This movie was considered lost for a long time but is now available in good condition. See more »

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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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A Let Down....
5 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe my expectations were too high for this film, but after catching it on tape from TCM's Silent Sunday feature, I felt let down. I expected the same genius from Murnau as Nosferatu and Sunrise. All of the cinematic elements are there, but it just felt incomplete.

The story revolves around a man obsessed with an unattainable woman, and his attempts to substitute for his unfulfilled desires.

My biggest issue with the film was with Alfred Abel as Lorenz in the lead. He was great in Metropolis in a totally different role, but here he looked too old for the part and out of place, not quite finding the firm ground to build the character. Other players were good especially Aud Egede Nissen as Lorenz's sister Melanie.

Worth a look for Murnau's style, but a let down overall.


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