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Genuine (1920)

Extremely rare work of Robert Wiene. From the director and year of excellent "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" this work was eventually overshadowed by the success of Caligari. It has a dreamy atmosphere, like another world or something.

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Robert Wiene

Writer:

Carl Mayer
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fern Andra ... Genuine
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Florian
Ernst Gronau Ernst Gronau ... Lord Melo
Harald Paulsen ... Percy Melo
Albert Bennefeld Albert Bennefeld ... Curzon
John Gottowt John Gottowt ... Guyard
Louis Brody Louis Brody ... The Malay (as Lewis Brody)
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Extremely rare work of Robert Wiene. From the director and year of excellent "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" this work was eventually overshadowed by the success of Caligari. It has a dreamy atmosphere, like another world or something.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 December 1921 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Genuine: A Tale of a Vampire See more »

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Production Co:

Decla-Bioscop AG See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) (cut) | (original) | (DVD) (long)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A 43-minute condensation of this silent film can be found as an Extra Feature on the Kino Video DVD of _Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The (1920)_ The full-length version can only be viewed at the Munich City Film Museum archive in Germany. See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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Pretty silly, actually.
17 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

partial nudity This film is currently available from archive.org, as it's in the public domain. And, it is the 43 minute version.

Apart from the unusual set and costume design that has been influenced by the German Expressionist movement, there isn't a lot to this film I would recommend. In fact, I think it's all kind of silly and trite. The story is about an irresistible woman named 'Genuine' and she apparently is so hot and wonderful that men MUST do her bidding. And, when she asks them to kill others or themselves, they do in order to prove their love and obedience towards her. This strange plots combined with LOTS of overacting (especially in the lovemaking scenes) make for a movie that is bizarre and pretty silly. I was not all that impressed and think the film won't interest anyone but the most ardent silent movie fans. Now I am probably among the most prolific reviewers of silents, and it didn't interest me a whole lot either! By the way, like many films (particularly European ones) of this era, there is some partial nudity in this film that might surprise you. Sadly, even this wasn't enough to generate any excitement in this film!


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