Phantom / Die Finanzen Des Grossherzogs (UK-import) (DVD)

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Two Films by F.W. Murnau. After filming the landmark Nosferatu, the silent cinema's master innovator F. W. Murnau demonstrated the reach of his genre versatility with a pair of films that explored the dimensions of the psychodrama and the adventure-programmer. All the Murnau characteristics are present: a vibrant naturalism, exquisite imagery, passages of dreamlike revery, and an atmosphere redolent with romantic longing.

In Phantom, an aspiring poet on the verge of what he takes for a big break experiences a chance encounter with a beautiful woman in the street - and falls headlong into love and fantasy. With debts piling up and his promised literary celebrity failing to materialise, the poet descends into obsession, deception, and, ultimately, a criminal act in this delirious film that stands as an early precursor of Hitchcock's Vertigo.

Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs sees Murnau exploiting the Mediterranean clime to film the tale of a rakish duke whose lifestyle has dried up his noble coffers. When word arrives about the existence of valuable sulphur deposits on his tiny duchy of Abacco, a comic adventure of high-seas intrigue, "animal impersonators", and the Crown Princess of Russia unreels at a sprightly pace. Max Schreck (the mythic actor behind the makeup of Nosferatu's Count Orlok two years earlier) appears in a supporting role, in what might be Murnau's nimblest effort.

Bonusmateriale

  • Audio commentary by film-scholar David Kalat on Die Finanzen des Großherzogs.
  • A lengthy booklet containing a new essay on both films by professor and film-scholar Janet Bergstrom

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1922 Utgitt 2009
Format DVD Sone Sone 2 - Import
Sjanger Thriller Antall disker 2
Spilletid 3 timer 19 minutter Aldersgrense 7
Undertekster Engelsk Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Stumfilm)
Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt Regissør F.W. Murnau
Skuespillere Alfred Abel, Grete Berger, Hugo Block, Lil Dagover Bestillingsnummer EKA40263
Leverandør Gardners

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