Lorenz Lubota is a city clerk with no direction in life. One day on his way to work he is run over by a woman driving a chariot and he is immediately infatuated with her. His life begins to spiral out of control as he searches for this girl and tries to win her heart.
Murnau must've blown his visually creative wad on the same year's Nosferatu. The bookends don't seem to go with the film. Murnau is usually terrific at pacing. His strategy usually includes stalling the story for a great deal of time and speeding past the boring bits. Here, he's doing just the reverse.