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Scene from "Varieté" (photo © Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

Two inmates are on their break in the jail courtyard when one of them, Boss, is called to the director's office. Boss' wife has appealed his case, asking for a pardon. Sentenced for murder, Boss has been in prison for ten years, but he has never revealed the motives of his crime. Finally, he explains what happened back then.

He used to be a famous trapeze artist, but after a horrible accident he can no longer perform. His will broken, he scrapes through life as the owner of a show booth in Hamburg's St. Pauli district. One day, a sailor brings a beautiful young dancer to his booth. Boss falls in love with the sultry Berta-Marie and leaves his wife and child for her. Together, they get jobs with another circus performer and enjoy great success as a trio. But when Boss finds out that Berta-Marie is betraying him with their partner, he kills his rival and reports himself to the police. After ten years, Boss is released.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1925
Director Ewald André Dupont
Screenplay Ewald André Dupont
Cinematography Karl Freund, Carl Hoffmann
Erno Rapée
Oskar Friedrich Werndorff
Cast Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Lya de Putti, Warwick Ward, Georg John, Kurt Gerron, Charles Lincoln, Alice Hechy, Paul Rehkopf, Trude Hesterberg
Producer Erich Pommer
Production Company Universum-Film (Ufa)/Berlin
Runtime 104 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
 silent with German intertitles

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