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Polizeibericht Überfall (1928)

| Short, Crime, Drama
A coin found on the street turns out to be unlucky for those who attempt to possess it.

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Complete credited cast:
Heinrich Gotho
Eva Schmid-Kayser
Alfred Loretto
Han Ruys
Rudolf Hilberg
Heinrich Falconi
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Gustav Püttjer
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A coin found on the street turns out to be unlucky for those who attempt to possess it.

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Banned by German censor in 1928 because of its "brutalizing and demoralizing effect". See more »

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Intentionally strange,...but still pretty watchable
24 October 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is one of many short films from a DVD collection from Kino Video about silent Avant Garde films. Because of this, the films are extremely artistic but make no attempt to be commercially viable or interesting to the average person. Instead, since they are "art", the films are often confusing and apparently pointless--since this IS the point of the Avant Garde movement! However, of all the many films in this collection, this is probably the most "normal" and approachable film for the common person.

The short film is about a sleazy sort of bald, skinny guy who is trying to con people out of money--passing off a counterfeit coin. However, once he amasses a tidy sum of money, other "rifraff" do their best to steal it away from him. It's all a very strange little morality play that also has a point to make about how far the German people had fallen during the poverty years of the Weimar Republic. Interesting, with some unusual camera-work and images, but probably not a film for most audiences.

If you ARE looking for an "artsy" film but find this type of film I described sounds too unusual or esoteric, maybe you should try the films of the great French artist/director Jean Cocteau. Other than his BLOOD OF A POET, his other films combine artistry and Avant Garde imagery with well-constructed plots and familiar movie elements. My favorites of his films are Orphée (Orpheus) and La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast).


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