Variete

Directed by Ewald André Dupont

Year: 1925
Running Time: 95
Color Type: Black & White
Country: Germany
Language: German
Genres: Silent, Drama, Romance
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Variete

Cast
Emil Jannings
Lya de Putti

Crew
Directed by Ewald André Dupont


Former trapeze artist “Boss” Huller leaves his wife and child to go to Berlin with the younger, seductive Berta-Marie. They become the lead attraction at Berlin’s famed Wintergarten, where they perform as a trio with trapezist Artinelli. That is, until Huller realises that Berta-Marie is cheating on him with their fellow acrobat ... As a journalist for Germany’s first tabloid newspaper, the “BZ”, Dupont introduced the “variety shows and film” column in 1915 and his film is a celebration of the best of both. He steers the blatant curiosity that dancer Berta-Marie provokes towards artificiality. In Varieté, Karl Freund’s “unleashed” camera also executes daring feats of flying acrobatics. The digital restoration was undertaken by the foundation Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung, working with the Filmarchiv Austria, using nitrate prints from both the US Library of Congress and the Filmarchiv Austria.  Now available in a newly-restored 2K DCP version!  Music by The Tiger Lillies.

Reviews

"At last, an expressionist silent classic that takes full advantage of cinematic principles. The legendary E.A. Dupont goes in for subjective-emotional effects of which Hitchcock would approve, and cameraman Karl Freund and effects wizard Eugen Schüfftan pull off spectacular visuals and special effects. No wonder this was a huge hit in America, it’s way ahead of its time (and ours, in some ways)."

PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Film Scene Iowa City 1540612800October 27, 2018
AFI Silver Theatre Silver Spring 1509681600November 3, 2017
Cinefamily Los Angeles 1502510400August 12, 2017
Maryland Film Festival Baltimore 1494129600May 7, 2017
Ebertfest Champaign 1492747200April 21, 2017
Film Society of Lincoln Center New York 1491537600April 7, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1487221200February 16 - February 19, 2017
Film Forum New York 1484629200January 17, 2017
Film Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 1479531600November 19, 2016
Cornell Cinema Ithaca 1478232000November 4, 2016
Film Streams Omaha 1475985600October 9, 2016
Mary Riepma Ross Film Theatre Lincoln 1475812800October 7, 2016
University of Chicago Chicago 1475380800October 2, 2016
Indiana University/Black Film Center Bloomington 1475208000September 30, 2016
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1474689600September 24, 2016
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1474603200September 23, 2016
Martha's Vineyard Film Society Vineyard Haven 1466654400June 23, 2016
Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline 1462161600May 2, 2016
TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto 1461211200April 21, 2016


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