Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs

Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs


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Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs

Director F.W. Murnau and scriptwriter Thea von Harbou both took a change of pace from their usual dramas with this satiric farce about Grand Duke Don Ramon XX (Harry Liedtke), whose idyllic country is threatened by revolution. The troublemakers are a trio of conspirators, working with a corrupt financier who intends to convert the landscape into a profitable sulfur mine. Don Ramon comes close to being hanged, but is rescued by Olga (Mady Christians), the Grand Duchess of Russia, who loves him and agrees to pay off all his debts. A compromising love letter from Olga falls into the conspirators' hands, but she and Don Ramon, with the help of the adventurer Philip Collins (Alfred Abel) are able to set their affairs right. Note who plays one of the conspirators: Max Schreck, who starred as the hideous vampire in Murnau's horror classic Nosferatu.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2009
UPC: 0738329062521
Original Release: 1924
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 59,278

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian David Kalat

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Liedtke Don Ramon XX
Mady Christians Olga
Guido Herzfeld Markowitz
Hermann Valentin M. Binzer
Alfred Abel Philip Collins
Adolf Engers don Esteban Paqueno
Ilka Gruning Augustine
Julius Falkenstein Ernst Isaacs
Hans Hermann Hunchbacked Conspirator
Georg August Koch Dangerous Conspirator
Max Schreck Sinister Conspirator

Technical Credits
F.W. Murnau Director
Erich Czerwonsky Set Decoration/Design
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Rochus Gliese Set Decoration/Design
Thea von Harbou Screenwriter
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Erich Pommer Producer
Ekkehard Wölk Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Finances of the Grand Duke
1. Opening Titles [:08]
2. Clouds in the Sky [5:01]
3. An Offer to Buy [2:01]
4. Divine Intervention [6:12]
5. The Great Race [4:06]
6. The Missing Letters [2:03]
7. The Caper [3:49]
8. The Jaunt [7:19]
9. A Maiden's Distress [3:32]
10. Beauty in Disguise [4:16]
11. Her True Identity [4:58]
12. Revolution! [3:08]
13. No Way Out [4:20]
14. A Clever Passage [4:35]
15. Coming Clean [2:38]
16. Seizing Power [5:13]
17. The Royal Gallows [4:52]
18. The Cavalry [3:03]

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