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A shiftless young man becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman and yearns to find her again.

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Gerhart Hauptmann (based on the novel by), Thea von Harbou (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alfred Abel ... Lorenz Lubota
Frida Richard Frida Richard ... Lubotas Mutter / Lubota's Mother (as Frieda Richard)
Aud Egede-Nissen Aud Egede-Nissen ... Melanie Lubota
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Hugo Lubota (as H.H. v. Twardowski)
Adolf Klein Adolf Klein ... Eisenwarenhändler Harlan
Olga Engl ... Harlans Frau / Harlan's Wife
Lya De Putti ... Veronika Harlan / Mellitta (as Lya de Putti)
Ilka Grüning ... Baronin / Baroness
Grete Berger Grete Berger ... Pfandleiherin Schwabe / Pawnbroker Schwabe
Anton Edthofer ... Wigottschinski
Karl Etlinger Karl Etlinger ... Buchbinder Starke / Bookbinder Starke (as Karl Ettlinger)
Lil Dagover ... Marie Starke
Heinrich Witte Heinrich Witte ... Amtsdiener / Clerk
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Literary Editor
Gerhart Hauptmann ... Himself in Opening Credits
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Storyline

Lorenz Lubota is a city clerk with no direction in life. One day on his way to work he is run over by a woman driving a chariot and he is immediately infatuated with her. His life begins to spiral out of control as he searches for this girl and tries to win her heart. Written by page8701

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 November 1922 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Uco-Film GmbH See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Lorenz'a Aunt Schwabe reads his letter of termination, she is wearing gloves, but the close up of the letter shows a bare hand holding it. See more »

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In the opening credits Lya De Putti only appears credited as Mellitta. The "actress" who plays the role of Veronika Harlan appears credited only as "x x x". See more »

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A Moral Tale
24 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a typical silent tale of greed and stupidity. The principle character, with whom we are supposed to empathize, has his head firmly planted in the clouds. He gets run over and fall in love with the woman who hit him. He becomes obsessed with an image and goes on to do a series of idiotic things. He assumes that what is said to him is the truth. An innocent gets some sympathy, but when the fog lifts, he can't expect a lot of sympathy. The film is nicely crafted and works fine, but I just couldn't get over the rashness of the guy.


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