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Homunculus, 1. Teil (1916)

Part of the artificial-creature series encompassing Der Golem (1914 and 1920), Alraune (1918, 1928, 1930) and Metropolis (1926), 'Homunculus' was the most popular serial in Germany during ... See full summary »

Director:

Otto Rippert

Writer:

Robert Reinert
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Credited cast:
Olaf Fønss ... Homunculus
Ernst Ludwig Ernst Ludwig ... Prof. Ortmann
Adolf Paul Adolf Paul ... Dr. Hansen
Albert Paul Albert Paul ... Dr. Hansen
Lore Rückert Lore Rückert ... Tochter Margarete Hansen
Max Ruhbeck Max Ruhbeck ... Generalprokurator Steffens
Lia Borré Lia Borré ... Tochter des Generalprokurator Steffens
Friedrich Kühne Friedrich Kühne ... Edgar Rodin
Theodor Loos ... Sven Friedland
Mechthildis Thein Mechthildis Thein ... Margot
Aud Egede-Nissen
Josef Bunzl Josef Bunzl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fern Andra ... (unconfirmed)
Maria Carmi ... (unconfirmed)
Lupu Pick ... (unconfirmed)
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Part of the artificial-creature series encompassing Der Golem (1914 and 1920), Alraune (1918, 1928, 1930) and Metropolis (1926), 'Homunculus' was the most popular serial in Germany during World War I even influencing the dress of the fashionableset in Berlin. Foenss, a Danish star, is the perfect creature manufactured in a laboratory by Kuehne. Having discovered his origins, that he has no 'soul' and is incapable of love, he revenges himself on mankind, instigating revolutions and becoming a monstruos but beautiful tyrant, relentlessly pursued by his creator-father who seeks to rectify his mistake. Written by BCULT - Rome, Italy

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The Perfect Man...Without Soul!

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Homunculus review
16 April 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

A man who was manufactured in a laboratory is tormented by his inability to feel love and so embarks on a reign of evil. Originally a hugely popular 6-part serial from Germany, Homunculus existed only as this 69-minute film, sections of which are severely degraded. As each episode of the original series was an hour long, this version provides only a fraction of it's story, and clearly suffers as a result. Danish actor Olaf Fonss overacts terribly even for a film this old, and although Homunculus is clearly a tormented figure haunted by his origins, it's impossible to feel any kind of sympathy for him. A new 200-minute version which will undoubtedly provide more depth and clarity has now been pieced together from fragments found in various archives


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 January 1917 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Künstliche Mensch See more »

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Deutsche Bioscop GmbH See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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