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Zweigroschenzauber (1929)

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Nothing magical about this film
27 July 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Zweigroschenzauber" or "Two Pence Magic" is a 2-minute film by German director Hans Richter from 1929. It's still an early career effort, even if Richter was already in his 40s when he made this. The film starts with a magic trick, but that's only the first seconds. Quickly afterward, we see all kinds of random scenes, some of them linked together. We see boxers, planes flying etc. In the end, we realize that this is actually a commercial. It's a silent black-and-white film, but it's absolutely inferior to American movies from that time. The quality is so low and the contents are so uninteresting and far too much for 2 minutes that I would even say there are 19th century American, British and French films that are already superior to Richter's work here. Not recommended.


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