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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
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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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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Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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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 »

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Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Vaudeville
Theme song for British release
Music by Vivian Ellis
Lyrics by William Helmore
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It Isn't Over Until the Fat Man Swings
30 January 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In 1915 Germany, burly trapeze artist Emil Jannings (as Stephan "Boss" Huller) leaves his wife and partner for sultry young Lya de Putti (as Berta-Marie). Soon, the carnival performing pair are hired by famed trapezist Warwick Ward (as Artinelli), after his flying brother is derailed by a fall. The high swinging threesome is an immediate success. But, after his trimmer partners begin to take care of their mutual attraction, Mr. Jannings must commit the crime for which he serves ten years in prison - as revealed in the present-day prologue. No doubt, it's going to get nasty…

Appearing decidedly middle-aged, and with his overweight figure impossible to disguise, Jannings is miscast to the point of ridiculous. But, he was so popular most viewers accepted Jannings as the trim athletic "catcher" flying high. For American consumption, Paramount left out Jannings' adulterous first act (and trimmed the remainder of the film). This softens Jannings' character, of course. The film cutters did leave in some flashes of female nipple. That, Jannings, and some great camera-work from Karl Freud made "Varieté" a critical and commercial success in the US.

****** Varieté (11/16/25) E.A. Dupont ~ Emil Jannings, Lya de Putti, Warwick Ward, Maly Delschaft


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