Berlin, Germany: GENUINE (1920) - Aug. 31

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Berlin, Germany: GENUINE (1920) - Aug. 31

PostWed Aug 30, 2017 1:13 am

GENUINE (1920), director Robert Wiene's follow-up film to THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI, stars the U.S.American-born Fern Andra as the title figure, an exotic vamp whose presence in a bizarre mansion leads to more than one man's destruction.

The running time of this print is advertised as 101 minutes, which is probably as complete as the surviving materials will allow.

Screening to be held Thursday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. in the Kino Arsenal (Potsdamer Platz) in Berlin.
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Re: Berlin, Germany: GENUINE (1920) - Aug. 31

PostFri Sep 01, 2017 8:20 am

Unfortunately, the print that was screened was only a fragment -- apparently one of the sources used to piece together the reconstructed version of the film in 1996 by the film museum in Munich. That restored version was not available for screening, so we were told. I suspect that the organizers thought they were going to get that version, though, since the published running time of the show was listed as 101 minutes. As it was, they first showed Walter Ruttmann's four "Opus" films, then the GENUINE fragment, which only ran about 35 minutes. It was not the English-titled abridged version of the film that is included on the CABINET OF DR CALIGARI dvd release, but rather a French-titled version with the opening "frame" device, and then bits and pieces of the rest of the film. Neither the murder scene nor Genuine's seduction of Florian was included in this print; most of the second half was missing, and it also simply ended abruptly in the middle of a scene. Overall rather disappointing, since I had looked forward to seeing the reconstructed version on the big screen.

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