Der Schatz (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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The Treasure (Der Schatz), G. W. Pabst's first film, wasn't released in the U.S. until 1929, six years after its completion. On the surface a straightforward tale of the search for a buried treasure, the film is a textbook example of German expressionism, with the passions of the protagonists conveyed as much through symbolism as action. Werner Krauss steals the first scene as a retarded assistant bellmaker who skulks through the proceedings as if weighed down by a multitude of horrible secrets. In fact, only the character played by Hans Brausewetter, that of a "journeyman artisan," is in any way likeable. Evidently Pabst got all of his expressionistic tendencies out of his system with The Treasure, opting for gritty realism in his subsequent efforts.

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artist, danger, loot, robbery, search, servant, treasure