In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first ... See full summary »
When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ... See full summary »
The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State's debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy... See full summary »
Dr Eigil Borne is engaged to Hélène, a girl who is madly in love with him. At Hélène's birthday celebration, Eigil invites her to a cabaret, where he meets his other love, Lily, a passionate, fiery and funny dancer.
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Film historian and collector William K. Everson stated that the only surviving print was lost by actress Mary Duncan, who had borrowed it from Fox Films. In the December 1974 issue of "Films in Review," he explained that Duncan, one of the film's stars, wanted it to show to a group of friends in Florida. The star was aware that it was a dangerous nitrate print and assumed that Fox had others. She threw the only copy in the ocean, a mistake characterized by Everson as "a monumental blunder to rank with Balaclava, Sarajevo, and the Fall of Babylon as one of history's blackest moments." See more »
After reading Lotte Eisner's biography of MURNAU, one learns that the film was about four orphaned children, protected by a clown, in a travelling circus. They are daredevil trapeze artists. One girl, Aimee, loves one of the boys, Fritz, but Fritz' head is turned by a glamorous woman, who throws him roses and eventually seduces him into a wanton life, so wanton that he misses the trapeze during one of the rehearsals. Aimee goes to the woman to plead with her to give him up, but is rebuffed. She tries to win Fritz back but fails. In an act of suicide and murder, she deliberately lets go of the trapeze during their act, plunging them to their deaths in front of the vamp.
The theme of the seduction of a good man from a good woman by a vamp echoes the plot of SUNRISE.
A sound version (the last two reels) substituted a happy ending, where only Aimee falls but survives.
Neither version has survived. Although Eisner reports that the negative is in the Fox vaults at the time of her writing (1964), this may have been only hearsay.
Hollywood tampered with Murnau's vision of the film due to the lukewarm boxoffice reception of his masterpiece SUNRISE the year before.
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