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The Doll Maker of Kiang Ning

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Cinematography  Willy Hameister
Genres  Fantasy, Silent film
Country  Germany
Director  Robert Wiene
Written by  Carl Mayer
Writer  Carl Mayer
Language  Silent German intertitles
Release date  1923 (1923)
Cast  Ossip Runitsch, Werner Krauss, Lia Eibenschutz, Hans Schweikart
Similar movies  Raskolnikow (1923), INRI (1923), The Hands of Orlac (1924), Der Rosenkavalier (1925), The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

The Doll Maker of Kiang-Ning (German: Der Puppenmacher von Kiang-Ning) is a 1923 German silent fantasy film directed by Robert Wiene and starring Werner Krauss, Lia Eibensch├╝tz and Ossip Runitsch. A doll maker in China crafts a puppet which he is convinced is lifelike. He takes it to exhibit at a public event, but is outraged to find an even more convincing and beautiful doll there. It is in fact a real woman pretending to be a doll, but he becomes so obsessed he attempts to steal her and the film ends with her rescue and his tragic death.

The film had its premiere in Berlin in November 1923. It received a universally negative reception from critics who were particularly unimpressed by the attempt to portray Chinese culture using German actors. The film continues a wider theme in the director Robert Wiene's work which contrasts Western and Eastern cultures.

Cast

  • Werner Krauss
  • Lia Eibensch├╝tz
  • Ossip Runitsch
  • Lucie Mannheim
  • Julius Falkenstein
  • Fritz Achterberg
  • Hans Schweikart
  • Eugen Rex
  • Yuri Yurovsky
  • Alexander Alexandrowski
  • References

    The Doll Maker of Kiang-Ning Wikipedia
    The Doll Maker of Kiang Ning IMDb


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