Tuesday, April 27, 2010

K13 513. Die Abenteuer eines Zehnmarkscheines (Trailer) / [The Adventures of a Ten Mark Note, Trailer]

DE 1926. PC: Deutsche Vereins-Film AG (Defa) / Fox Europa Film Produktion (Berlin). P: Karl Freund. D: Berthold Viertel. SC: Béla Balázs - inspired by the tale The False Note by Leo Tolstoy. Trailer 3 min without text, Filmarchiv Austria (Vienna), viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (Leo Tolstoy), 27 April 2010.

From the trailer one can get just an impression of the imagery of this lost film: it starts with a close-up of the bank note, then we see shots from a sewing room, from a bank, newspaper headlines, city streets, dog eating the note.

Die Abenteuer eines Zehnmarkscheines started the Querschnittfilm (the cross-section film) phenomenon and was an important film in the development of die Neue Sachlichkeit. Its inspiration is still valid in contemporary cinema via the 1930s (films like Un carnet de bal, train films, stories with objects from pearls to cars to boots changing owners) to Preminger, Altman, John Paul Anderson... not forgetting the films by Robert Bresson and Aku Louhimies inspired by the same Tolstoy tale. None of the films inspired by that tale, however, has Tolstoy's original double plot: first the curse of money, then the power of redemption.

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