Film Info: Varieté

Varieté

Varieté
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.


Ewald André Dupont (1891-1956) established in 1911 the regular column "Kino und Varieté" in the Berlin newspaper B.Z. am Mittag. In 1916, he changed jobs and became a popular screenwriter and began directing his own crime-story scripts in 1918. After such successes as Der weisse Pfau (1920), Das alte Gesetz (1923), and Varieté (1925), he worked in Hollywood and London and experimented in sound technology. His film Atlantic (1929) was an example of some of the most innovative uses of sound at that time. He then returned to circus films with Salto Mortale (1930), known for its unusual camera perspectives. His other films include: Die Geier-Wally (1921), Moulin Rouge (1927), Two Worlds (1930), Forgotten Faces (1936), and Return to Treasure Island (1954), among others.
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
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 silent with German intertitles

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