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Homunculus, 2. Teil - Das geheimnisvolle Buch (1916)



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Credited cast:
Olaf Fønss ... Richard Ortman - der Homunculus (as Olaf Fönss)
Friedrich Kühne Friedrich Kühne ... Edgar Rodin
Theodor Loos ... Sven Friedland
Mechthildis Thein Mechthildis Thein ... Margot
Lore Rückert Lore Rückert
Adolf Paul Adolf Paul
Aud Egede-Nissen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernst Benzinger Ernst Benzinger ... Count Delasagra
Einar Bruun Einar Bruun ... Eleonore's lover
Margarete Ferida Margarete Ferida ... Countess
Nelly Lagarst Nelly Lagarst ... Eleonore


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A Story is more than its Writing
27 May 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This was originally a super-serial, composed of feature-length episodes, and like Feuillade's LES VAMPIRES, was meant to play not only as a serial, but as a series. However, the only remaining copy of this is a cut-down of all six episodes, about an hour and a quarter in length, held by the George Eastman House and available at the moment for viewing on their website. My thanks to them for making this and several dozen other movies of the Teens and early Twenties more generally available.

While the are some great technical strengths to the movie, including some wonderful photography (notice the strong use of framing not by irising, as was still very common at this time, but by using structure and set decoration to change the effective frame size) and toning (a process in which the black silver nitrate is replaced by other compounds with colors, resulting in white whites, black blacks but colors instead of grays) and a good story which asks the question: is the soul born with the body, or the gift of god? Unfortunately, I find the style of acting to be rather over the top, involving a lot of rolling eyes. The net effect is very watchable, but not great.

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Release Date:

27 November 1916 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Homunculus - Bogen med Hemmeligheden See more »

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Deutsche Bioscop GmbH See more »
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1.33 : 1
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