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Waxworks (1924)
"Das Wachsfigurenkabinett" (original title)

 -  Fantasy | Horror  -  February 1929 (USA)
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The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer, who after one look athe owner's pretty daughter, starts ... See full summary »

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The Poet / Assad the Baker / A Russian Prince (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
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The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer, who after one look athe owner's pretty daughter, starts writing stories featuring the models, the daughter and himself. In the first, he is a baker, married to the girl, who is a little bit too much flirting with the customers, among them the wezir of sultan Harun Al-Rashid, who has just ordered his execution because the smell from the bakery is drifting to his palce, yet Harun Al-Rashid wants to meet the beautiful girl himself, while an angry baker is trying to get the Sultan's whishing ring to proof he's not a weakling... The second story is about Tzar Ivan the Terrible who likes watching people die together with his court-chemist. When he orders the execution of the chemist, the chemist thinks of a nice revanche, but till the revanche works, a nobleman is murdered, his daughter kidnapped by Ivan and her groom tortured. While writing the third story about... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Originally there were four episodes planed, but for the fourth, "Rinaldo Rinaldini," there wasn't any money left. See more »

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Assad (but not Hafez or Bashar)
13 September 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Paul Leni's movie "Das Wachsfigurenkabinett" ("Waxworks" in English) should not be confused with the 1988 horror flick starring "Gremlins" star Zach Galligan. This one is about a poet (William Dieterle) who writes some stories based on figures in a wax museum. The ones about Harun al-Rashid and Ivan the Terrible are the most developed, while the one about Jack the Ripper is really hard to understand. In fact, I noticed that the baker in the first segment is named Assad, years before the name became associated with Syria's ruling family.

So, if you intend to see the movie, you would probably just do best to watch only the segments about Rashid and Ivan. Lacking the thought-provoking expressionism of "Nosferatu" and the epic grandeur of "Metropolis", the movie falls a little flat, but isn't terrible by any stretch. Even so, I do recommend 1988's "Waxwork" over this one (if only for the cool soundtrack).


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