Die Austreibung (1923)

Run Time - 65 min.  |  
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Young Steyer (Eugen Klopfer) lives on a remote mountain farm with his parents and his daughter from a previous marriage, Aenne (Lucie Mannheim). Defying his elders, Steyer takes a second wife, Ludmilla (Aud Egede Nissen), not realizing that she is still lovers with the hunter Lauer (Wilhelm Dieterle). Hoping to stay closer to her lover, Ludmilla convinces the family to sell the farm and betroth Aenne to Lauer. They agree and sign a deed of sale for the farm. A snowstorm arises and Ludmilla takes shelter with Lauer in his house. Steyer finds them together and strikes Lauer, causing Ludmilla to faint. When the storm ends, Steyer's marriage is in ruins, and his parents leave the farm, unwilling to live there after it has been sold to a stranger. Note who plays the adulterous Lauer: Wilhelm Dieterle, who as William Dieterle would direct such Hollywood classics of the 1930s and '40s as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster). 23/65