"[A]n object lesson in Murnau's subtle reinvention of visual expression..." - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
PHANTOM marked a major turning point in the influential career and the groundbreaking style of cinema poet F.W. Murnau. In this beautifully reconstructed and restored edition from an amazingly detailed, original 1922 negative, Alfred Abel (METROPOLIS) plays Lorenz Lubota, a man obsessed with his own desires to achieve fame and wealth who must confront the barriers of class keeping him from a woman (Lya de Putti) with whom he has had a fateful encounter. Featuring a magnificent new orchestral score by Robert Israel, this powerfully expressive and surprisingly insightful film is a triumph of German Weimar cinema and a wonderful collaboration of many of its most skilled artisans and recognizable performers. Through dazzling visuals and memorable characters, PHANTOM paints a portrait of the corrupting influence of money, the conformity of societal norms and the redemptive power of family.
Cast & Crew
- Alfred Abel - Lorenz Lubota
- Grete Berger - Pawnbroker Schwabe
- Lil Dagover - Marie Starke
- Anton Edthofer - Wigottschinski
- Aud Egede-Nissen - Melanie Lubota
- Olga Engl - Harlan's Wife
- Karl Etlinger - Bookbinder Starke
- Ilka Grünig - Baroness
- Adolf Klein - Harlan
- Lya De Putti - Veronika Harlan
- Frida Richard - Lubota's Mother
- Hans Twardowski - Hugo Lubot
Reviews(see the best reviews)
I liked it. sorry I can't think of anything more interesting to say right now......
Once agian Murnau gives a wonderful story of the human nature. This movie brings home the truth that money if the root of all evil.