7.0/10
587
15 user 4 critic

The Burning Soil (1922)

Der brennende Acker (original title)
When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ... See full summary »

Director:

F.W. Murnau
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Krauss ... Der alte Rog / Old Rog
Eugen Klöpfer ... Peter Rog
Vladimir Gajdarov ... Johannes Rog
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Graf Rudenburg / Count Rudenburg
Lya De Putti ... Gerda - Rudenburg's Tochter / Gerda - Rudenburg's daughter
Stella Arbenina Stella Arbenina ... Helga - Rudenburg's zweite Frau / Helga - Rudenburg's 2nd wife
Alfred Abel ... Ludwig von Lellewel
Grete Diercks Grete Diercks ... Maria
Elsa Wagner Elsa Wagner ... Magda
Emilia Unda ... Alte Magd / Old maid
Leonie Taliansky Leonie Taliansky ... Gerdas Zofe / Gerda's maid
Georg John ... Großknecht / Head farmhand
Emilie Kurz Emilie Kurz ... Großmagd
Robert Leffler Robert Leffler ... Diener
Eugen Rex ... Ackerkäufer
Edit

Storyline

When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ambition leads him to charm Gerda, the Count's unique daughter. But when he discovers that Count's second wife Helga will soon inherit a field that only he knows his underground is full with petroleum, he changes his allegiance... Greed and death. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | greed | weather | suicide | money | See All (13) »

Taglines:

Das Drama eines Ehrgeizigen

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was considered lost for many years. In 1978, an almost complete print was found in the estate of an Italian priest who had organised screenings in mental hospitals. The same was true of The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). See more »

Connections

Featured in Der Weg nach Murnau (2003) See more »

User Reviews

 
Available on DVD from Grapevine
20 February 2010 | by blue-7See all my reviews

Murnau's SUNRISE ranks as one my ten favorite films -- it may be number one! It has been exciting to see SUNRISE and other of his films make it to DVD, many in beautifully restored prints. It is also exciting to discover some of his earlier works and see the genius of this master filmmaker developing. That is certainly the case with his 1922 BURNING SOIL. Like a reviewer elsewhere on this site I felt that I was watching a work done by Ingmar Bergman. The story may be viewed as somewhat melodramatic but the directing, acting and cinematography are for the most part quite stunning. It is frustrating to read about a film that you would like to see and not find it available to see, so I am pleased to let anyone interested in seeing this early Murnau work know that Grapevine Video of Phoenix, Arizona has released it. The picture quality is quite sharp and the tones quite nice though the print has a lot of specks. However, coming from the only known print to exist, I was more then pleased with the print. The orchestra score provided by Lou McMahon does not fit the mood some of the time, but for the most part it adds to the watching of the film. If you are interested in obtaining this title then get check it out on www.grapevinevideo.com . Grapevine Video offers a number of silent titles that can not be found anywhere else.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

None

Release Date:

24 April 1922 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burning Soil See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed