Variety (1925 film)

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Directed byEwald Andre Dupont
Produced byErich Pommer
Written byOriginal Story:
Felix Hollaender
Ewald Andre Dupont
Leo Birinski
StarringEmil Jannings
Lya de Putti
Maly Delschaft
Warwick Ward
CinematographyKarl W. Freund
Carl Hoffmann
Distributed byUFA (Germany)
Paramount Pictures (US)
Release date
16 November 1925 (Germany)
27 June 1926 (US)
LanguageSilent film
German intertitles

Variety (German: Varieté [ˌvaʀi̯eˈte], also known by the alternative titles Jealousy or Vaudeville) is a 1925 silent drama film directed by Ewald Andre Dupont based on the novel Der Eid des Stephan Huller (1923[1]) by Felix Hollaender [de]. Jannings portrays "Boss Huller," an ex-trapeze artist who runs a seedy carnival with his wife (Maly Delschaft) and child. Huller insists that the family take in a beautiful stranger (Lya De Putti) as a new sideshow dancer, with whom he develops a new trapeze number. The trapeze scenes are set in the Berlin Wintergarten theatre. The camera swings from long shot to close-up, like the acrobats.[2]

The story was loosely remade by Dupont as the 1931 sound film Salto Mortale.



The German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck cites being unexpectedly exposed to the film as a child of four as the start of his interest in the medium.[3]

This film is believed to be the first documentation of unicycle hockey – it contains a short sequence showing two people playing the game.

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  1. ^ Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek listing. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  2. ^ Eric, Rhode (1985). A History of the Cinema: from its origins to 1970. New York, USA: Da Capo Press. pp. 184–185. ISBN 0-306-80233-3.
  3. ^ Rohter, Larry, "German Director Plunges Beyond His Comfort Zone", The New York Times, December 8, 2010 (December 9, 2010 p. C1 NY ed.). Retrieved 2010-12-08.

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