The Ancient Law

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The Ancient Law
Directed by E.A. Dupont
Written by Heinrich Laube
Paul Reno
Starring Henny Porten
Ruth Weyher
Hermann Vallentin
Avrom Morewski
Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl
Release date
29 October 1923
Running time
128 minutes
Country Germany
Language Silent
German intertitles

The Ancient Law (German: Das alte Gesetz) is a 1923 German silent drama film directed by E.A. Dupont and starring Henny Porten, Ruth Weyher and Hermann Vallentin. The son of an Orthodox Rabbi faces hostility from his father when he decides to become an actor.



  • Eisner, Lotte H. The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt. University of California Press, 2008.

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