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
  • 1923 (1923)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Germany
Language Silent film
German intertitles
Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination

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 ed.). Paris. 

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