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Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination (1923)

A wealthy man invites the local wealthy bachelors over for a puppet show about men who covet another man's wife. The puppeteer is actually a witch and gives the men nightmares about what could happen if they date the lady of the house.

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Arthur Robison
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexander Granach ... Shadowplayer
Max Gülstorff Max Gülstorff ... 2. Kavalier
Lilli Herder Lilli Herder ... Dienstmaedchen
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Fritz Kortner Fritz Kortner ... The count
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... 2. Diener
Fritz Rasp ... Diener
Eugen Rex ... A servant
Ferdinand von Alten Ferdinand von Alten ... 3. Kavalier
Gustav von Wangenheim ... Her lover
Ruth Weyher ... His wife
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Storyline

During a dinner, given by a wealthy baron and his wive, attended by four of her suitors in a 19th century German manor, a shadow-player rescues the marriage by giving all the guests a vision what might happen tonight if the baron stays jealous and the suitors do not reduce their advances towards his beautiful wife. Or was it a vision? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Unrated
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

29 November 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sombras See more »

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Production Co:

PAN Film,Pan-Film See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the ShadowPlayer asks the servant (Fritz Rasp) to get the sheet for his shadow show, he pulls off the middle button on the left side of his vest. For the remainder of the movie, the button is back on. See more »

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Featured in Kingdom of Shadows (1998) See more »

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More Than Meets the Eye
3 April 2012 | by cstotlar-1See all my reviews

I caught this at the Cinematheque a couple of times in Paris. It is a film with no intertitles (except at the beginning for identifying the characters) and, like "The Last Laugh", depends on the camera and editing to tell the story. The action in both films, then, would have to be slow as not to confuse the viewer. This is the lesser of the two but the Murnau film has long been an established masterwork. Frankly I don't know much about Art(h)ur Robison. He was an American working on German-looking films in Germany during the Expressionist phase.

This film does indeed feature shadows and the lighting is necessarily bright. What I particularly enjoyed was being pulled into the action of the shadows along with the guests. In this respect the film was quite brilliant. The acting is really quite good and despite the slow speed of action, the film has barely dated at all.

Curtis Stotlar


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