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Phantom (1922 film)

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Director  F. W. Murnau
Sequel  The Burning Soil
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Music director  Robert A. Israel
Country  Germany
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Language  Silent film German intertitles
Release date  13 November 1922 (1922-11-13) (Germany)
Based on  the novel  by Gerhart Hauptmann
Writer  Gerhart Hauptmann (based on the novel by), Thea von Harbou (adapted for the screen by)
Cast  Alfred Abel (Lorenz Lubota), Grete Berger (Pfandleiherin Schwabe / Pawnbroker Schwabe), Lil Dagover (Marie Starke), Lya De Putti (Veronika Harlan / Mellitta (as Lya de Putti)), Anton Edthofer (Wigottschinski), Aud Egede Nissen (Melanie Lubota)
Similar movies  Knowing, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Ikiru, Can't Hardly Wait, Eden, King of the Mountain

Phantom is a 1922 silent film that was directed by F. W. Murnau the same year Murnau directed Nosferatu. It is an example of German Expressionist film and has a surreal, dreamlike quality.


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Plot summary

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The film is told in an extended flashback. Lorenz Lubota (Alfred Abel), is a clerk in a minor government office, an aspiring poet, and a member of a family headed by a worrisome mother who has a tense relationship with a daughter, Melanie, whom the mother believes works as a prostitute. One day, while Lorenz is walking to work, a woman (Lya De Putti) driving two white horses hits him in the road, knocking him to the ground. Physically, he is unharmed, but from that point forward, the woman in the carriage (named Veronika) consumes his every thought.

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His obsession with Veronika costs him his job when he fails to show up for work and threatens his boss for accusing him of stalking her. Believing that his poems are to be published, Lorenz asks his Aunt Schwabe (Grete Berger) — a cutthroat pawnbroker — for money, which he then uses to buy a new suit. Schwabe's assistant, Wigottschinski (Anton Edthofer), encourages Lorenz to celebrate and they reunite with Lorenz's sister, who becomes Wigottschinski's girlfriend. Unable to contact Veronika, who is wealthy and engaged to someone of her own class, Lorenz instead begins courting a golddigger who looks like Veronika (also played by Lya De Putti), lavishing her with expensive things, all the while reliving the day he was run over in his mind again and again. In the meantime Lorenz's mother's health begins to deteriorate due to her worries over her son's and her daughter's actions, and Lorenz's friend Marie (Lil Dagover) and her father learn that Lorenz's poems will not be published after all.

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Wigottschinski swindles more money out of Schwabe and gives Lorenz a sizable amount. However, Aunt Schwabe becomes suspicious and discovers that Lorenz will not be a published poet, and she angrily demands that he pay back the money after three days or else she will notify the police. Desperate, Lorenz agrees to Wigottschinski's plan to break into her house after she has gone to sleep and to steal enough money to pay back the loan. She wakes up and discovers them, running to the window to call for the police. A struggle ensues, and Wigottschinski kills her, while Melanie runs off and eventually briefly reunites with her mother before disappearing.

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Lorenz is arrested and sent to prison. After his release, the film returns to the present, where Lorenz is finishing writing his life story down, in an attempt to purge his mind from the phantom woman who continually hits him in her carriage. Lorenz also now has a new life with Marie.


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In alphabetical order

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  • Alfred Abel as Lorenz Lubota
  • Grete Berger as Pfandleiherin Schwabe/Pawnbroker Schwabe
  • Lil Dagover as Marie Starke
  • Lya De Putti as Veronika Harlan/Mellitta
  • Anton Edthofer as Wigottschinski
  • Aud Egede-Nissen as Melanie Lubota
  • Olga Engl as Harlans Frau/Harlan's Wife
  • Karl Etlinger as Buchbinder Starke/Bookbinder Starke
  • Ilka Grüning as Baronin/Baroness
  • Adolf Klein as Harlan
  • Frida Richard as Lubotas Mutter/Lubota's Mother
  • Hans Heinrich von Twardowski as Hugo Lubot
  • Preservation status

    The film was thought to be a lost film for many years, but was restored by German film archivists and re-released in the USA on September 12, 2006.


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