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Manolescu - Der König der Hochstapler (1929)



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Credited cast:
Ivan Mozzhukhin ... Manolescu
Brigitte Helm ... Cleo
Heinrich George ... Jack
Dita Parlo ... Jeanette
Harry Hardt
Max Wogritsch Max Wogritsch
Valy Arnheim
Elsa Wagner Elsa Wagner
Fritz Alberti Fritz Alberti
Boris de Fast Boris de Fast
Lya Christy Lya Christy
Fred Goebel Fred Goebel ... (as Fred Selva-Goebel)
Franz Verdier Franz Verdier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael von Newlinsky


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Release Date:

28 October 1929 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Der König der Hochstapler See more »

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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Sprightly German Film By Russians
11 February 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ivan Mouskojine -- however you choose to transliterate his name -- was a fine movie actor. Starting out in Tsarist Russia, he fled and made a career for himself in France and Germany.

One can certainly seem why. Here, playing "The King of the Swindlers" he works his way from Paris to New York with a great deal of confidence and a style of acting that was perfected during the silent era, in which you can see the emotions wash across his face -- and, playing a confidence man, he manages to impart two or three levels to his emotional range.

The director of this film, Viktor Tourjansky, was another Russian émigré. One would hardly expect something that has some exquisitely light moments from a German film directed by and starring Russians, but, despite the terrifying ending, when her fate catches up with bad girl Brigitte Helm, it works, running a full emotional range. I credit this, in no small part, to a dazzling, fast-moving camera helmed by Carl Hoffman. Some of the shots in the serious sections may remind you of Lang -- hardly surprising, since Hoffman had worked with Lang on such works as MABUSE and Fraulein Helm's screen debut was as Maria in METROPOLIS.

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