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This Ancient Law (1923)

Das alte Gesetz (original title)
Baruch Mayr, son of an orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl in Galizia, decides to break with the family tradition and leave the shtetl to become an actor. Due to this behaviour his father ... See full summary »

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Heinrich Laube (memoirs), Paul Reno
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henny Porten ... Erzherzogin Elisabeth Theresia
Ruth Weyher ... Hofdame
Hermann Vallentin ... Heinrich Laube
Avrom Morewski Avrom Morewski ... Rabbiner Mayer
Ernst Deutsch ... Baruch, sein Sohn
Grete Berger Grete Berger ... Seine Mutter
Robert Garrison Robert Garrison ... Ruben Pick
Werner Krauss ... Nathan, der Professor
Margarete Schlegel ... Esther, seine Tochter
Jakob Tiedtke ... Direktor der Schauspieler
Olga Limburg Olga Limburg ... seine Frau
Alice Hechy ... Beider Tochter
Julius Brandt Julius Brandt ... Ein alter Komödiant
Robert Scholz Robert Scholz
Alfred Krafft-Lortzing Alfred Krafft-Lortzing
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Baruch Mayr, son of an orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl in Galizia, decides to break with the family tradition and leave the shtetl to become an actor. Due to this behaviour his father bans him from his family. Baruch, who joined a small burlesque troupe is discovered by an Austrian Erzherzogin (archdutchess) who introduces him to the director of the most important Theater in Vienna, the Burgtheater. Baruch receives a contract there and becomes more and more an assimilated jew. But his relation with the Erzherzogin isn't approved by the Austrian court, so they have to end it. When an old friend of his father, who is always traveling from one Jewish community to the next (and has told him first about the theatres in the world), Baruch becomes a little bit homesick and returns for a holiday to his old shtetl to see his folks and to pick up his childhood sweetheart. But his father wants him not to enter his house, so he returns to Vienna, with his bride. But his old friend does not stop... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

29 October 1923 (Germany) See more »

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Baruch See more »

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Comedia-Film GmbH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"Mein Sohn ist Tot"
3 June 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Four years before 'The Jazz Singer', the same conflict between a young man yearning for the stage and his stern rabbi father was played out in its natural shtetl environment in this German super-production set in the 1860s.

At first resembling one of Edgar Ulmer's late 30's Yiddish films, the action relocates to Viennese high society with Henny Porten wandering in and out of the action as the Empress Elisabeth. This middle section drags terribly as it keeps pausing to shows off the sumptuouness of its décor and photography (the work of Alfred Junge and Theodor Sparkuhl who later fled to Britain and Hollywood respectively as part of Hitler's gift to the English-speaking cinema), before finally remembering the Rabbi still simmering back at home and reuniting him with his prodigal son for a conclusion that comes very abruptly after a build-up of over two hours.


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