Playing with Fire (1921 film)

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Playing with Fire
Directed by Robert Wiene
Georg Kroll
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Alexander Engel
Julius Horst
Starring Diana Karenne
Vasilij Vronski
Ossip Runitsch
Anton Edthofer
Hans Junkermann
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Distributed by Decla-Bioscop
Release dates
May 1921
Country Germany
Language Silent
German intertitles

Playing with Fire (German: Das Spiel mit dem Feuer) is a 1921 German silent comedy-drama film directed by Georg Kroll and Robert Wiene and starring Diana Karenne, Vasilij Vronski, Ossip Runitsch and Anton Edthofer. A method actress likes living out the roles she is playing in real life. To prepare for her new play, she enters the criminal underworld and ends up being implicated in a burgalry of a Duke who is one of her suitors.[1] The film received a generally positive reception from critics, although some were doubtful about the blending of farce and tragedy.[2]



  1. ^ Jung & Schatzberg p.92-93
  2. ^ Jung & Schatzberg p.93


  • Jung, Uli & Schatzberg, Walter. Beyond Caligari: The Films of Robert Wiene. Berghahn Books, 1999.

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