The Boy in Blue (1919 film)

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The Boy in Blue
O garoto vestido de azul 5.jpg
Directed by F. W. Murnau
Produced by Ernst Hofmann
Written by Edda Ottershausen
Starring Ernst Hofmann
Cinematography Karl Freund
Carl Hoffmann
Release dates
  • July 1919 (1919-07)
Running time
54 minutes
Country Weimar Republic
Language Silent
German intertitles
comparison of Gainsborough's painting with the one in the film

The Boy in Blue (German: Knabe in Blau and also known as Emerald of Death) is a 1919 silent German drama film directed by F. W. Murnau. It was Murnau's directorial debut. The film is now considered to be a lost film, though the Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses 35 small fragments ranging from two to eleven frames in length.[1][2]

Thomas Gainsborough's painting The Blue Boy and Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray were inspirations for Murnau to create this film.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Der Knabe in Blau". Deutsche Kinemathek. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Boy in Blue". Silent Era. Retrieved 3 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Bock, Hans-Michael (2009). Hans-Michael Bock, Tim Bergfelder, ed. The concise Cinegraph: encyclopaedia of German cinema. Berghahn Books. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Der Knabe in Blau at Wikimedia Commons