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Überfall (1928)

Polizeibericht Überfall (original title)
A coin found on the street turns out to be unlucky for those who attempt to possess it.

Director:

Ernö Metzner
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Complete credited cast:
Heinrich Gotho Heinrich Gotho
Eva Schmid-Kayser Eva Schmid-Kayser
Sybille Schmitz
Alfred Loretto Alfred Loretto
Han Ruys Han Ruys
Rudolf Hilberg Rudolf Hilberg
Heinrich Falconi Heinrich Falconi
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Gustav Püttjer Gustav Püttjer
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A coin found on the street turns out to be unlucky for those who attempt to possess it.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Also Known As:

Überfall See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Banned by German censor in 1928 because of its "brutalizing and demoralizing effect". See more »

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Weimar Crime?
6 January 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A German citizen happens upon a counterfeit coin lying in a gutter. The opening sequence of the movie gives a brief glimpse into the notion that the coin might be "cursed," as another passerby is struck down by a car while reaching for the coin in the middle of the road. Although the finder of the coin is at first glad, he soon regrets ever having picked it up.

IMDb gives the title as "Accident", whereas the more literal translation would be "Police Report: Assault", which I think takes on a very different tone. Kino splits the difference and just calls it "Uberfall". None of these really sums it up, but whatever.

Writer-director Ernő Metzner is probably better known as a production designer, and unfortunately he is not well known at all. He was forced into exile around 1933 and his career went downhill from there. This film is, in my opinion, one of the strongest of Kino's collection, and has that same shady crime element as such bigger films as "M". Metzner could have been a noir pioneer.


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