The Last Laugh is a German 1924 silent film directed by German director F. W. Murnau from a screenplay written by Carl Mayer. It is the most famous example of the short-lived Kammerspiel or "chamber-drama" genre. This was one of the first films to incorporate a moving camera, although references to cameras following characters up stairs in Murnau's earlier film, Der Januskopf, may point to an even earlier use.
Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist film in the science fiction genre directed by Fritz Lang. Produced in Germany during a stable period of the Weimar Republic, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and makes use of a science-fiction context to explore a political theme of the day: the social crisis between workers and owners in capitalism. The film was produced in the Babelsberg Studios by Universum Film A.G. (UFA).
M is a 1931 German drama-thriller directed by Fritz Lang and written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou. It was Lang's first sound film, although he had directed over a dozen films previously. The film has become a classic which Lang himself considered his finest work.
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a German Expressionist vampire horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was in essence an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" and "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok".
Pandora's Box is a 1929 German silent melodrama film based loosely on Frank Wedekind's plays Erdgeist and Die Büchse der Pandora. Directed by Austrian filmaker Georg Wilhelm Pabst, the film stars Louise Brooks as Lulu, Fritz Kortner as Dr. Schön, Francis Lederer as Alwa Schön and Alice Roberts as Countess Geschwitz. The plot revolves around Lulu persuading her wealthy lover Dr. Schön to marry her.
Kameradschaft is a dramatic film with socialist overtones directed by German director Georg Wilhelm Pabst. The French-German co-production drama is noted for combining expressionism and realism (predating the Italian neo-realist films). The picture tells of a mine disaster where German miners rescue French miners from a collapsing mineshaft. The story takes place in the Ruhr mining area along the border between France and Germany.
Woman in the Moon (or in original German, Frau im Mond) is a science fiction silent film released during 1929, and is often considered to be one of the first "serious" science fiction films. It was written and directed by Fritz Lang, based on the novel Die Frau im Mond (1928, translated as The Rocket to the Moon during 1930) by his then-wife and collaborator Thea von Harbou. It was released in the USA as By Rocket to the Moon, and in the UK as Woman in the Moon.
Vampyr is a 1932 horror film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. The film was written by Dreyer and Christen Jul based on elements from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's In a Glass Darkly. Vampyr was funded by Nicolas de Gunzburg who starred in the film under the name of Julian West among a mostly non-professional cast.
Atlantida is a French novel by Pierre Benoit published in February 1919. It was translated into English in 1920 as Atlantida. L'Atlantide was Benoit's second novel, following Koenigsmark, and it won the Grand Prize of the French Academy.
Faust is a silent film produced in 1926 by UFA, directed by F.W. Murnau, starring Gösta Ekman as Faust, Emil Jannings as Mephisto, Camilla Horn as Gretchen/Marguerite, Frida Richard as her mother, Wilhelm Dieterle as her brother and Yvette Guilbert as Marthe Schwerdtlein, her aunt. Murnau's film draws on older traditions of the legendary tale of Faust as well as on Goethe's classic version.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is a 1933 German crime film directed by Fritz Lang. The film is a sequel to Lang's silent film Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) and features many cast and crew members from Lang's previous films. The film stars Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Dr. Mabuse who is in an insane asylum where he is found frantically writing out his crime plans.
The Blue Angel is a film directed by Josef von Sternberg in 1930, based on Heinrich Mann's novel Professor Unrat. The film is considered to be the first major German sound film and it brought world fame to actress Marlene Dietrich. In addition, it introduced her signature song, Friedrich Hollaender's "Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It)".
Different From The Others is a German film produced during the Weimar Republic. It was first released in 1919 and stars Conrad Veidt and Reinhold Schünzel. The story for Anders als die Andern was written by Richard Oswald with the assistance of Dr.
Prem Sanyas (The Light of Asia) (Die Leuchte Asiens in German) was 1925 silent film, directed by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai. It was film adapted from the book, The Light of Asia (1879) in verse, by Edwin Arnold, based on the life of Prince Gautama Buddha, who after enlightenment became the Buddha, the learned one.
The Head of Janus was a 1920 horror silent film directed by F. W. Murnau. This adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was one of the earliest to reach film. Released on September 17, 1920 by the Lipow Co. , this is one of Murnau's lost films. The screenplay was written by Hans Janowitz, who collaborated with Carl Mayer on the script for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919).
Destiny, or in the original German, Der müde Tod (Weary Death) is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. The German language title literally means Weary Death (in the sense of personified Death); the film was originally released in the United States as Behind the Wall and in the United Kingdom as Destiny, the title under which it has been reissued on DVD . The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.
Sehnsucht (German for "Longing") was a 1920 silent film directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Conrad Veidt. It tells the story of a male dancer who falls in love with a grand duchess, only to be arrested, and his subsequent attempt to find the duchess. As of 2005, it is believed to be a lost film as no prints are known to exist.