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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This movie was considered lost for a long time but is now available in good condition. See more »

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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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In 2003, Flicker Alley, LLC copyrighted a new digital version with English intertitles and a new orchestral score composed, arranged and conducted by 'Robert Israel (II)'. It was produced by and runs 117 minutes. See more »

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Excellent drama
5 December 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Silent German film about a meek, mild man who seems to have no life or goals. Then he meets a blond-haired girl riding a chariot. He immediately falls in love with her. It leads to his downfall ending in murder. But there is redemption.

This silent film was long believed to be lost. Thankfully it's been rediscovered which is great--this is a wonderful drama. My synopsis may sound a little strange but this is a hard film to describe--you have to see it to understand. It's beautifully directed by F.W. Muranu--many elaborate camera tricks and fade ins and outs. Also it deals with some touchy subjects such as prostitution (never called that but it's there). The acting is a little over the top but that's to be expected in silent movies. But there is a wonderful (if frightening) performance by Grete Berger as Mrs. Schwibe. My only complaint is that this film is shown in flashback which somewhat dilutes the drama (that's why I'm only giving it a 9). Still, this is a great silent film. It's not up to Muranu's "Nosferatu" or "Sunrise"--but then what is? Well worth seeing.


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