|The Famous Woman|
|Directed by||Robert Wiene|
|Produced by|| Hermann Fellner |
|Written by||Melchior Lengyel (play and screenplay)|
|Starring|| Lili Damita |
|Music by||Walter Ulfig|
|Distributed by||Deutsche Lichtspiel-Syndikat|
|29 October 1927|
|Language|| Silent |
The Famous Woman (German: Die berühmte Frau) is a 1927 German silent drama film directed by Robert Wiene and starring Lili Damita, Fred Solm and Warwick Ward. It was based on the play Die Tänzerin by Melchior Lengyel, who also wrote the film's screenplay.While performing in Barcelona, a dancer falls in love with a Spanish aristocrat. He proposes marriage to her providing she give up her profession. She agrees and the wedding preparations begin. When her troupe returns to Spain, however, she is drawn back to her true calling as a dancer and her aristocratic lover reluctantly allows her to go free. Damita's performance was particularly praised, as was the cinematography of Otto Kanturek who had done location shooting in Barcelona.
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Countess Kitchenmaid is a 1918 German silent comedy film directed by Rudolf Biebrach and starring Henny Porten, Heinrich Schroth and Martin Lübbert. While her mistress is away on an adulterous adventure, a young maid takes her place to convince a visiting dignitary that she is there with the other servants impersonating aristocrats.
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Life Is a Dream is a 1917 German silent drama film directed by Robert Wiene and starring Emil Jannings, Bruno Decarli and Maria Fein. A young aristocrat meets a man and marries him, but soon discovers he is a monster. After his death she grows increasingly mad, until a revolutionary new cure is attempted which makes her believe that the whole episode was simply a dream.
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Playing with Fire is a 1921 German silent comedy-drama film directed by Georg Kroll and Robert Wiene and starring Diana Karenne, Vasilij Vronski, Ossip Runitsch, and Anton Edthofer. A method actress likes living out the roles she is playing in real life. To prepare for her new play, she enters the criminal underworld and ends up being implicated in a burglary of a Duke who is one of her suitors. The film received a generally positive reception from critics, although some were doubtful about the blending of farce and tragedy.
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