Geheimnisse einer Seele

Geheimnisse einer Seele

Director: G.W. Pabst Cast: Werner Krauss, Ruth Weyher, Pavel Pavlov


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With a brilliant tip of the hat to Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, German filmmaker G.W. Pabst offers Secrets of a Soul, a convoluted tale of a chemistry professor (Caligari's Werner Krauss) haunted by inexplicable resentments. The professor doesn't really dislike his wife's cousin, who is returning after several years in India: why, then do thoughts of murder keep entering his head? The dream sequences--to which Pabst gave credence by hiring two of Freud's assistants as consultants--elaborate upon existing Freudian symbolism to the bursting point. Pabst had always been fascinated by the subconscious; here he seems intoxicated by the subject. Especially effective is Pabst's use of multiple dissolves and superimpositions, all accomplished "in the camera" without any post-production lab work. Originally titled Geheimnisse einer Seele.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2008
UPC: 0738329057121
Original Release: 1925
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 79,876

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Illustrated film notes detailing the controversies surrounding the project

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secrets of a Soul
1. Opening Titles [2:11]
2. A Close Shave [6:28]
3. Enigmas [6:54]
4. The Dream [8:02]
5. Knives [4:23]
6. Cousin Erich [5:50]
7. The Key [4:50]
8. Refuge [3:41]
9. Dr. Orth [7:16]
10. A Conscious Mind [9:46]
11. Interpretation of Dreams [13:34]
12. Epilogue [2:21]

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