Schatten – Eine nächtliche Halluzination

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Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination
Directed by Arthur Robison
Produced by Enrico Dieckmann
Willy Seibold
Written by Arthur Robison
Rudolf Schneider
Starring Alexander Granach
Max Gülstorff
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Release dates
Running time
90 minutes
Country Germany
Language Silent film
German intertitles

Schatten – Eine nächtliche Halluzination ("Shadows - a Nocturnal Hallucination", also known in English as Warning Shadows) is a 1923 German silent film directed by Arthur Robison. It is considered part of German Expressionism.


During a dinner given by a wealthy baron and his wife, four of her suitors attend the 19th century German manor. A shadow-player rescues the marriage by giving all the guests a vision of what might happen if the baron stays jealous and the suitors do not reduce their advances towards his beautiful wife. Or was it a vision?


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Referred to in Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Anthony Blanche's description of Sebastian's companion Kurt: "He is like the footman in Warning Shadows - a great clod of a German..." This is presumably the character portrayed by Fritz Rasp.


  • Eisner, Lotte H. (1981) [1965]. L'Écran Démoniaque (in French) (2nd edition ed.). Paris. 

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