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Phantom & Die Finanzen des Großherzogs: The Masters of Cinema Series

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2 Films by F.W. Murnau
Certificate: PG
Running Time: 197
Retail Price: £24.99
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Content Type: Movie

After filming the landmark Nosferatu, the silent cinema's master innovator F. W. Murnau demonstrated the reach of his genre versatility with a pair of films that explored the dimensions of the psychodrama and the adventure-programmer. All the Murnau characteristics are present: a vibrant naturalism, exquisite imagery, passages of dreamlike revery, and an atmosphere redolent with romantic longing.

In Phantom, an aspiring poet on the verge of what he takes for a big break experiences a chance encounter with a beautiful woman in the street — and falls headlong into love and fantasy. With debts piling up and his promised literary celebrity failing to materialise, the poet descends into obsession, deception, and, ultimately, a criminal act in this delirious film that stands as an early precursor of Hitchcock's Vertigo.

Die Finanzen des Großherzogs sees Murnau exploiting the Mediterranean clime to film the tale of a rakish duke whose lifestyle has dried up his noble coffers. When word arrives about the existence of valuable sulphur deposits on his tiny duchy of Abacco, a comic adventure of high-seas intrigue, "animal impersonators", and the Crown Princess of Russia unreels at a sprightly pace. Max Schreck (the mythic actor behind the makeup of Nosferatu's Count Orlok two years earlier) appears in a supporting role, in what might be Murnau's nimblest effort.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Phantom and Die Finanzen des Großherzogs for the first time in the UK in their restored forms.

Special Features:
- Commentary on Die Finanzen des Großherzogs by David Kalat
- Booklet

Video Tracks:
Full Frame 1.37:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital Mono Music Only

Subtitle Tracks:

Directed By:
F.W. Murnau

Written By:

Alfred Abel
Grete Berger
Lil Dagover
Lya De Putti
Anton Edthofer
Aud Egede Nissen
Olga Engl
Karl Etlinger
Ilka Grüning
Adolf Klein
Frida Richard
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Heinrich Witte
Hugo Block
Mady Christians
Adolphe Engers
Julius Falkenstein
Ilka Grüning
Guido Herzfeld
Georg August Koch
Harry Liedtke
Walter Rilla
Hans Hermann Schaufuss
Robert Scholtz
Max Schreck
Hermann Vallentin
Balthasar von Campenhausen

Soundtrack By:
Robert Israel

Director of Photography:
Axel Graatkjaer
Theophan Ouchakoff
Karl Freund
Franz Planer

Production Designer:
Hermann Warm

Erich Pommer

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The Masters of Cinema Series

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