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Eerie Tales (1919)

Unheimliche Geschichten (original title)
A demon, a reaper, and the ghost of a prostitute read gothic short stories and act them out.

Director:

Richard Oswald

Writers:

Anselma Heine (story "Die Erscheinung"), Robert Liebmann (story "Die Hand") | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Anita Berber Anita Berber ... Die Dirne (framing story) / Woman (ep.1) / Girlfriend (ep.2) / Wife of drunk (ep.3) / Sister of club president (ep.4) / Wife (ep.5)
Conrad Veidt ... Der Tod (framing story) / The stranger (ep.1) / The assassin (ep.2) / Traveller (ep.3) / Club president (ep.4) / Husband (ep.5)
Reinhold Schünzel ... Der Teufel (framing story) / Former husband (ep.1) / Murderer (ep,2) / Drunk (ep.3) / Artur Silas,detective (ep.4) / Travelling Baron (ep.5)
Hugo Döblin Hugo Döblin
Paul Morgan
Georg John
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W. Arnoldi W. Arnoldi
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Storyline

After the old-books shop closes, portraits of the Strumpet, Death, and the Devil come to life and amuse themselves by reading stories--about themselves, of course, in various guises and eras. Four of the stories are literary horror stories (one by Poe, one by R. L. Stevenson), and the last one is a comedy involving a fake haunting. Written by Judy Shoaf

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Trivia

Conrad Veidt and Reinhold Schunzel were again directed by Richard Oswald (I) in the same year as the gay-themed Anders als die Andern (1919). The films share several filming locations as well. See more »

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Remade as The Living Dead (1932) See more »

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Five sinister, weird, eerie tales of uncanny horror
29 October 2016 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

"Richard Oswald's "Eerie Tales" debuted with a length of 2318 metres, July 16, 1920, after a premiere on November 6, 1919. The original negative is considered lost. This restoration is from Cinematheque Francaise. The film currently has a length of 2230 metres."

Paintings of Death, the devil, and a prostitute come to life in a bookstore, after hours, and read each other five tales of horror, to amuse themselves, in this early anthology film.

Each of the three leads take on different roles in each of the five stories, giving each actor an opportunity to show a wide range, and the film has a good look to it, plus I've always had a certain affinity for anthology horrors, but the problem with this is that it's not scary. I was hoping for a bit more fright for my 31 Days of Halloween horror. Die Erscheinung, by Anselma Heine, and Poe's Die Schwarze Katze were the best of the segments, while the rest were overly dramatic.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

None

Release Date:

5 November 1919 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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