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Variety (1925)

Varieté (original title)
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Prologue: The murderer "Boss" Huller - after having spent ten years in prison - breaks his silence to tell the warden his story. "Boss", a former trapeze artist, and his wife own a cheap ... See full summary »

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Felix Hollaender (novel), Ewald André Dupont (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emil Jannings ... Boss Huller
Maly Delschaft ... Frau Huller
Lya De Putti ... Bertha-Marie
Warwick Ward Warwick Ward ... Artinelli
Alice Hechy Alice Hechy
Georg John ... Seeman
Kurt Gerron ... Hafenarbeiter
Paul Rehkopf Paul Rehkopf ... Zuschauer auf dem Jahrmarkt
Charles Lincoln Charles Lincoln ... Spanischer Artist
Georg Baselt Georg Baselt
Trude Hesterberg Trude Hesterberg ... Zuschauerin imm Varieté
Werner Krauss ... (unconfirmed)
The Flying Codonas The Flying Codonas ... Acrobatic Ensemble (as Die Drei Codonas)
Alex Hyde and his Original New York Jazz Orchestra Alex Hyde and his Original New York Jazz Orchestra ... Alex Hyde and His Original New York Jazz Orchestra
Enrico Rastelli Enrico Rastelli ... Jongleur
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Storyline

Prologue: The murderer "Boss" Huller - after having spent ten years in prison - breaks his silence to tell the warden his story. "Boss", a former trapeze artist, and his wife own a cheap side-show that displays ''erotic sensations''. But he longs for his former glamorous life in the circus. When he meets the orphan Berta-Marie, he falls under her spell and leaves his wife and young son behind. He makes Berta-Marie his partner in a new trapeze number. One day, the famous trapeze artist Artinelli takes note of them and engages them for his trapeze show in Berlin. Their salto mortale becomes an immediate sensation. Calculatedly and cold, Artinelli seduces Berta-Marie and destroys "Boss'" happiness. Written by Christian Taube <taube@isa.de>

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NOTHING EVER LIKE IT BEFORE! (original poster - all caps - USA) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

31 January 1926 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Jealousy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$709,613, 31 December 1927
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Because the film was produced in Germany, it was not made with the intent to pass the newly established MPPDA's "Hays Code" which had been introduced the year before with hopes of mollifying the more than 100 local and state censorship boards around the United States. These boards quickly took an ax to the film, cutting, on average, enough footage to fill two film reels. New York made the fewest cuts, removing slightly less than one reel of footage. See more »


Soundtracks

Vaudeville
Theme song for British release
Music by Vivian Ellis
Lyrics by William Helmore
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Morality play
26 August 2001 | by the_old_romanSee all my reviews

Variete is a well-directed and well-acted morality play. Chock full of cynical humor and ironic twists, it keeps your attention throughout in expert fashion until the last 20 minutes of the movie. Then things unravel too quickly and too obviously to hit home with the intended impact of the final irony. Still, I give it 7 out of 10.


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