It Illuminates, My Dear

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It Illuminates, My Dear
Directed by Paul L. Stein
Written by Bobby E. Lüthge
R. Meinhardt
Starring Mady Christians
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Olga Belajeff
Cinematography Willy Gaebel
Distributed by UFA
Release date
20 November 1922
Country Germany
Language Silent
German intertitles

It Illuminates, My Dear (German: Es leuchtet meine Liebe) is a 1922 German silent film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Mady Christians, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski and Olga Belajeff. [1]

Silent film film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system. During the silent-film era that existed from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, a pianist, theater organist—or even, in large cities, a small orchestra—would often play music to accompany the films. Pianists and organists would play either from sheet music, or improvisation.

Paul Ludwig Stein was an Austrian-born film director with 67 films to his credit. Stein began his career in Berlin in 1918 and worked exclusively in the German silent film industry until 1926, when he first went to Hollywood, and spent the next five years commuting between Germany and the U.S., where he worked with stars such as Jeanette MacDonald, Lillian Gish and Constance Bennett.

Mady Christians actress

Marguerita Maria "Mady" Christians was an Austrian actress and naturalized US citizen who had a successful acting career in theatre and film in the United States until she was blacklisted during the McCarthy period.



Hans Heinrich von Twardowski was a German film actor.

Gertrud de Lalsky German actress

Gertrud de Lalsky was a German actress.

William Dieterle German actor and film director

William Dieterle was a German-American actor and film director, who emigrated to the United States in 1930 to leave a worsening political situation. He worked in Hollywood primarily as a director for much of his career, becoming a United States citizen in 1937.

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  1. Bock & Bergfelder p.385