Release Date: 11/11/08
A German Movie Classic Unseen For Over 75 Years!
Two powerful families have arranged for a marriage between gay cavalier Prince Michael and the pure Maria who's just returned from a convent for the marriage. However, Prince Michael has already found a leading lady, Fifi Brulette, an actress from the city's musical theater.Not one to give in easily Maria seeks out this siren to gain her trust and advice on how to woo a man.This DVD is your ticket to the elaborate masquerade ball where you can see how it all plays out. See how the other half live in this opulent, farcical love story laced together with song and dance numbers from the German musical theater. A previously believed lost film classic from German director Conrad Wiene. Conrad Wiene (February 3, 1878, Vienna - after 1933, unknown) was a younger brother of the famous German film director Robert Wiene (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), himself also an actor, screenwriter, producer and film director, one of the more productive film directors of Austrian and German silent cinema. Conrad Wiene was a son of the successful actor Carl Wiene. He followed his fathers's steps beginning his career on stage and on screen as an actor. He co-directed his first movies with his older brother, later making almost twenty feature films, mostly silent. He scripted most of them. Conrad Wiene was active in Vienna, Berlin, Prague and Breslau. Several of his silent movies were shot in Vienna in SchÃ¶nbrunn-Atelier. When the sound movies took over the cinema, Wiene worked in Germany. His name was connected with the first project in 1930 in Vienna, to film a 1925 historical novel by Lion Feuchtwanger, The Jew Suss (Jud SÃ¼Ã), but this project never got into the production stage. The novel has been later filmed in England (in 1934), and a decade later in the Nazi Germany by Veit Harlan (1940). While a British film can be seen today as a sympathetic towards Jews and mildly critical towards the Nazi Germany, the later made German adaptation was an infamous antisemitic film permantly shown during the WWII in all occupied by Germany countries. After Adolf Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, Conrad Wiene left Berlin for Vienna. His later years are unknown.
|Run Time: 66 mins|
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