The Love of Jeanne Ney
|The Love of Jeanne Ney|
|Directed by||Georg Wilhelm Pabst|
|Written by||Ilja Ehrenburg
Fritz Arno Wagner
|Editing by||Georg Wilhelm Pabst
|Running time||100 minutes|
Jeanne (Edith Jehanne) is the daughter of Alfred Ney, a French diplomat and political observer. The family is based in Russia during the post-revolutionary civil war. Her father is set up by the scheming Khalibiev, who sells him a list of Bolshevik agents that includes Jeanne's lover, Andreas Labov (Uno Henning). The information is leaked by Alfred's Chinese servant, though Khalibiev isn't implicated. With the revolutionary army about to storm the city, Andreas is forced to execute Jeanne's father. She is horrified, but urges Andreas to run for his life. He warns her that it is she who must run, as the Red Army will soon occupy the town. She escapes with the help of a homely soldier, who's become smitten with her.
Jeanne flees to Paris, followed by Khalibiev and Andreas. She takes a job as a secretary under her uncle Raymond (Adolph Edgar Licho), a private detective. Khalibiev sets about seducing Raymond's blind daughter, Gabrielle (Brigitte Helm), in order to rob her and run away with a flapper he meets at a bar. The latter girl balks and warns Raymond, who has meanwhile been searching for a stolen diamond with a $50,000 reward. The diamond turns out to have been swallowed by a shiny-object-loving parrot.
Raymond, who has become hopelessly obsessed with Jeanne, tries to force himself on her and loses his grip on reality. That night Khalibiev sneaks in, strangles him, and steals the money. He frames Andreas by letting the blind Gabrielle grab his coat while he flees the scenes of the crime (he stole the coat from Andreas) and dropping a wallet with Andreas's photo. Andreas is caught delivering money for the communist party in France, which makes him look all the more suspicious. Jeanne thinks to use Khalibiev as an alibi, without realizing he is the murderer.
- Édith Jéhanne – Jeanne Ney
- Uno Henning – Andreas Labov
- Fritz Rasp – Khalibiev
- Brigitte Helm – Gabrielle
- Adolf E. Licho – Raymond Ney
- Eugen Jensen – Andre Ney
- Hans Jaray – Poitras
- Sig Arno – Gaston (as Siegfried Arno)
- Hertha von Walther – Margot
- Vladimir Sokoloff – Zacharkiewicz
- Jack Trevor
- Mammey Terja-Basa
- Josefine Dora
- Heinrich Gotho
- Margarete Kupfer – (as Küpfer)
- Robert Scholz
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Love of Jeanne Ney". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
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