Hauptman's Traumgedicht (dream poem) was extended for this film. The alterations do nothing extra to the original work; except from the final scenes where the mysticism of the dream poem is shown, we see a not so original melodrama with too stereotyped characters.
But there are plenty scenes well done; Urban Gad makes good use of the fine sets and he has enough fine ideas to make this film worth-while watching. One example of Urban Gad's telling the story in images: first a scene with the dying mother in her bed, followed by a scene in which the rough and insensitive husband, fully clothed and with dirty boots, takes a nap on the same bed. Then there is also the use of double exposure in the final, mystic scenes, though these scenes take a rather long time.
Special mention of Margarete Schlegel who seems more at ease with film acting than the rest of the cast (though good enough),
I recently saw a restored copy (Dutch Filmmuseum) that is tinted and runs about 105 minutes
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