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Waxworks (1924)

Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror | February 1929 (USA)
A wax museum hires a writer to give the sculptures stories. The writer imagines himself and the museum owner's daughter in the stories.

Directors:

Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni

Writer:

Henrik Galeen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emil Jannings ... Harun al Raschid
Conrad Veidt ... Ivan the Terrible
Werner Krauss ... Jack the Ripper / Spring-Heeled Jack
William Dieterle ... The Poet / Assad the Baker / A Russian Prince (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olga Belajeff Olga Belajeff ... Eva-Maimune-Eine Bojarin
Paul Biensfeldt Paul Biensfeldt ... Grand Vizier
John Gottowt John Gottowt ... Inhaber der Panoptikums
Georg John ... Prisoner
Ernst Legal Ernst Legal ... Poison-Maker of the Czar
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Storyline

The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer, who after one look athe owner's pretty daughter, starts writing stories featuring the models, the daughter and himself. In the first, he is a baker, married to the girl, who is a little bit too much flirting with the customers, among them the wezir of sultan Harun Al-Rashid, who has just ordered his execution because the smell from the bakery is drifting to his palce, yet Harun Al-Rashid wants to meet the beautiful girl himself, while an angry baker is trying to get the Sultan's whishing ring to proof he's not a weakling... The second story is about Tzar Ivan the Terrible who likes watching people die together with his court-chemist. When he orders the execution of the chemist, the chemist thinks of a nice revanche, but till the revanche works, a nobleman is murdered, his daughter kidnapped by Ivan and her groom tortured. While writing the third story about... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

February 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waxworks See more »

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Production Co:

Neptune-Film A.G. See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Three Romantic Adventures in the World of Fantasy
21 December 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

A poet is hired by the owner of a wax museum in a circus to write tales about Harun al Raschid, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper. While writing, the poet and the daughter of the owner, Eva, fantasize the fantastic stories and fall in love for each other.

"Das Wachsfigurenkabinett" is an impressive and very creative movie, changing the colors in accordance with the environment and with amazing scenarios and funny stories. The acrobatic performance of the character Assad the Baker, jumping from a tower of the palace in Baghdad to a tree, is incredible. I did not understand why the genres horror and even thriller are listed for these three romantic adventures in the world of fantasy. I liked very much the first story, indeed very funny and naive; the second one is darker; and the very short third one is weird and romantic. The locations and the atmosphere are another attraction of this great unknown silent movie. I saw an excellent restored version with 83 minutes running time. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Gabinete das Figuras de Cera" ("The Chamber of the Wax Figures")


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