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(1926)

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Director F.W. Murnau wanted Lillian Gish to play Gretchen, but she insisted that the film be shot by her favorite cinematographer, Charles Rosher. Murnau instead cast newcomer Camilla Horn, who he had met on the set of Tartuffe (1925), where she was a double for Lil Dagover.
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Due to the success of F.W. Murnau's previous film, The Last Laugh (1924), the studio promised him an unlimited budget with which to make this film.
Leni Riefenstahl applied for the female lead role, but was turned down.
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Acting debut for Camilla Horn, who had previously only worked as a stand-in for other actresses.
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After the film had already been shot and edited, UFA decided it disliked Hans Kyser's script. Over Kyser's objections, it asked German writer Gerhart Hauptmann to work on it. However, the studio decided that it disliked Hauptmann's script even more. The film was released in Kyser's original version.
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
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Karl Freund originally signed on as cinematographer for the film, but he was forced to drop out due to illness. He was replaced by F.W. Murnau's preferred cameraman, Carl Hoffmann.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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