I may have a problem with these lists. What started out as me listing silent films I wanted to see…
Der Student von Prag
A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal with the young man to give him fabulous wealth and anything he wants, if he will sign his name to a contract. The student hurriedly signs the contract, but doesn't know what he's in for.
It’s an earlier Paul Wegener film, but he already chews the scenery with his recognizable facial expressions and movements. It would be adapted again and a bit more tightly with Wegener at the helm once more, but this is still entertaining viewing if only to be dazzled by what the filmmakers were doing with capturing “doppelgangers” all the way back in 1913.
A fun, short, quaint silent film with some neat camera tricks for the time.
Not as great as The Golem, but worth watching given its runtime of a mere 40 minutes.
One of the first horror films, but far from the best. A Faustian tale about a student who sells his soul. Some interesting elements, but I wasn't blown away.
Would you sell your reflection? What if your reflection could take a form on its own and commit crimes, and everyone thought it was you who did it? An interesting early Edgar Allan Poe adaptation.
Aus heutiger Sicht reichlich gemächlich erzählter Film, der durch reizvolle Trickaufnahmen und hundertjährigem Altersbonus glänzt und durch saubere Restauration auf Hochglanz gebracht wurde.
An early prototype to the German expressionism movement, the tale of a devil's bargain is given a theatricality that makes it interesting. Some clever effects for the time help the film's story.
Fight Club (1913).
Would shift the attention to the Reflection rather than the Countess.
Considered the first feature-length horror film, Stellan Rye & Paul Wegener's The Student of Prague (sometimes known by its more leadenly-literal name A Bargain with Satan) is a nifty little piece of storytelling that takes its place as the oldest feature length film I've ever seen, regardless of genre.
Loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe story William Wilson and bookended by a quote from poet Alfred de Musset's The Confession of a Child of the Century, The Student of Prague is Balduin (co-director Paul Wegener), an acclaimed swordsmith but bored student who has fallen on hard financial times until he meets strange old man Scapinelli (John Gottowt), who offers him a devilishly appealing deal: $100,000 for a pick of anything…
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Silent Era, probably the most important silent film site on the internet, has a long-running poll to find the best…
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IN RANKED ORDER
1. M / M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder by Fritz Lang
Cabinet of Dr.…