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<i>Der Schuss im Tonfilmatelier</i> (1930)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
12:00 AM
Angell Auditorium A

GERMAN FILM INSTITUTE <br>The Cinema of Crisis: German Film 1928-1936

Directed by Alfred Zeisler. Written by Rudolph Cartier, Egon Eis and Curt Siodmak. With Gerda Maurus, Harry Frank and Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur.

The Ufa movie studios are the setting for this intricate murder mystery. Frequent Fritz Lang leading lady Gerda Maurus stars as “The Film Diva,” who is the primary suspect when a murder is committed on the set of her latest epic. The other suspects include “The Leading Role,” “The Production Manager” and “The Sound Master.” The identity of the killer is so well hidden that it genuinely takes the audience by surprise. According to contemporary observers, The Shot in the Talker Studio painted a remarkably accurate portrayal of the German moviemaking process. Writer Curt Siodmak (brother of director Robert Siodmak) would go on to write or co-write many of the classic Universal horror films in the 1940s.
[Sources: movies.nytimes.com, filmportal.de]
35mm, 73 min
German Film Institute pages