Geheimnisse einer Seele

Geheimnisse einer Seele

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


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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 Lorber
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 46,867

Special Features

Illustrated film notes detailing the controversies surrounding the project

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Werner Krauss Martin Feliman
Ruth Weyher His wife
Pavel Pavlov Dr. Charles Orth
Renata Brausewetter Dienstmaedchen
Ilka Gruning The mother
Jack Trevor Erich
Hertha Von Walther Fellmans Assistentin

Technical Credits
G.W. Pabst Director
Karl Abraham Screenwriter
Robert Lach Cinematographer
Hans Neumann Producer,Screenwriter
Curt Oertel Cinematographer
Colin Ross Screenwriter
Hanns Sachs Screenwriter
Guido Seeber Cinematographer
Ekkehard Wölk Score Composer

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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