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Helen of Troy (1924)

Helena (original title)
Helena is a 1924 German silent drama film directed by Manfred Noa and starring Edy Darclea, Vladimir Gajdarov and Albert Steinrück.

Director:

Manfred Noa

Writer:

Hans Kyser
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Cast overview:
Edy Darclea ... Helena
Vladimir Gajdarov ... Paris
Albert Steinrück ... Priamos
Adele Sandrock ... Hekabe
Carl de Vogt ... Hektor
Friedrich Ulmer ... Menelaos (as Fritz Ulmer)
Carlo Aldini ... Achille
Karel Lamac ... Patroklos (as Carl Lamac)
Karl Wüstenhagen ... Agamemnon
Hanna Ralph ... Andromache
Albert Bassermann ... Aisakos
Ferdinand Martini ... Agelaos
Rudolf Meinhard-Jünger Rudolf Meinhard-Jünger ... Tersites (as Rudolph Meinhard)
Otto Kronburger ... Ulises
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Helen of Troy, also known as Helen of Sparta, or simply Helen, was said to have been the most beautiful woman in the world, who was married to King Menelaus of Sparta, but eloped with Prince Paris of Troy, resulting in the Trojan War when the Achaeans set out to reclaim her and bring her back to Sparta. She was believed to have been the daughter of Zeus and Leda, and was the sister of Clytemnestra and Castor and Polydeuces. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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The film was produced by Bavaria Film at the Emelka Studios in Munich. See more »

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Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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Outdated, tiresome, but interesting.
28 April 2003 | by lgdutraSee all my reviews

I saw a recently restored copy at the Cinematheque Suisse at the Cassino de Montbenon, Lausanne, VD, CH. It was a unique session, with a live pianist and some explanations about the history of the movie and its restauration before.

It is a tour de force of 3h20... even with breaks, the occasional involuntarily comical scene, live music and lots of interest, it is tiresome. The Sturm-und-Drag style is heavy, many theatrical conventions of the time don't hold anymore to the point of eliciting laughters from the audience; people are far shorter than in today's movies, and the standards of beauty have changed so much it is difficult to believe.

On the other hand, it is a unique experience of an early superproduction. The take on the famous historical and mythical Homer poem is detailed and enlightening, and thinking about the historical context (as people knew far more mythology during the 1,920s than today) can make the movie more enjoyable. Also some historical knowledge about the 1,920s can help, for example about the role of physioculture in Germany at the time.

It is extremely rare that such a movie will be at the nearest Blockbuster anytime soon. But in case it does, and you have a serious interest in German Sturm-und-Drag, go for it.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

None | German

Release Date:

16 November 1924 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Helen of Troy See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2015 reconstruction)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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