1924 Silent gothic horror
• Ger • BW • 93mins •
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- Wilhelm Dieterle [William Dieterle] Young poet/Assad/Groom
- Emil Jannings Haroun-al-Raschid
- Conrad Veidt Ivan the Terrible
- Werner Krauss Jack the Ripper, "Spring Heeled Jack"
- Olga Belajeff Showman's daughter/Zarah/Bride
- John Gottowt Showman
- Art Dir:
Paul Leni, Fritz Maurischat
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Paul Leni's last film in Germany before
continuing on his chilly way to America
is also one of his best, and gives us a
chance to see four of Germany's finest
actors in their earlier days. Wilhelm
Dieterle, who was to become a
renowned Hollywood director, plays a young poet who tells three stories
behind three exhibits in a wax museum:
Haroun-al-Raschid (Emil Jannings), Ivan the Terrible (Conrad Veidt) and Jack the Ripper (Werner Krauss).
expressionist lighting and designs are symbolic of character and plot,
creating a haunting atmosphere.
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