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Leonhard Frank (novel)
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17 November 1928 (USA) See more »
Following World War I, after a long imprisonment, two German prisoner-of-war soldiers escape from a Siberian lead-mine... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Her Majesty, Love
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  (in credits order)
Lars Hanson ... Richard

Dita Parlo ... Anna

Gustav Fröhlich ... Karl
Theodor Loos
Philipp Manning (as Dr. Phillip Manning)

Directed by
Joe May 
Writing credits
Leonhard Frank (novel "Karl und Anna")

Joe May (scenario) (as Fred Majo) &
Fritz Wendhausen (scenario) (as Dr. Fritz Wendhausen)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Original Music by
Willy Schmidt-Gentner 
Karl Hajos (US release) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet (co-cinematographer)
Günther Rittau 
Art Direction by
Arthur Schwarz 
Production Management
Arthur Hoffmann .... production manager
Art Department
Alexandre Arnstam .... artistic director
Julius von Borsody .... set designer
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
Adolph Zukor .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"Heimkehr" - Germany (original title)
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120 min (22 fps) | USA:78 min
Aspect Ratio:
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USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Prompt And Personal Consequences Of The Disasters Of War, 14 October 2007

"Heimkehr" it is a superb masterpiece, a beautiful and bitter film that depicts a love triangle during the World War I post-war period. It's an oeuvre that this German count likes particularly since he saw it during the Weimar era for the first time. In the film, Herr May's skilfulness and craftsmanship are showed superbly in many technical aspects. These include the developing of the film's love story that shows the prompt and personal consequences of the disasters of war that the main characters suffer. They are played by three very important German silent actors of that time, Herr Lars Hanson (Richard), Dame Dita Parlo ( her first film )(Anna) und Herr Gustav Fröhlich (Karl).

Remarkable use of camera-work is used in order to depict time passing inexorably and in different ways for their two main characters. Flashbacks and shots with combined images or in real time are incorporated with parallel stories that join together in a dramatic manner. Varying different sceneries, Hamburg and Siberia, are shown in a remarkable way with varied nuances. For example, the thrilling urban life of Hamburg is combined with the Anna's ordinary life in her neighborhood (an excellent example of those Weimar films where the hard daily nature are shown without false embellishments). Contrasting are the cold and deserted Siberian sceneries combined with the prisoners' hard labour in the mine. They match perfectly and dramatically for a story in where human basic impulses (those that this German aristocrat lacks) such as instinct for survival, sexual desire, becomes a major theme in this film.

Unfortunately it seems that this film only has survived in a very poor condition and this German count wouldn't mind to donate his fat heiress' fortunes in order to restore and clean up this nitrate. Then in would be possible to appreciate the full-length original quality of the magnificence of this film.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must to whip again his servants now that it's very homely here.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien

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