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  Henny Porten (foreground).
Photograph: Filmmuseum Berlin - Deutsche Kinemathek;
courtesy Le Giornate del Cinema Muto.
Die Hintertreppe
(The Backstairs)
Also known as L’Escalier de service in France; Backstairs in the USA : {Back Stairs}
(1921) German
B&W : Four reels / [?] 1339 or 1378? metres
Directed by Leopold Jessner and Paul Leni

Cast: Henny Porten [dienstmädchen (the maid)], Fritz Kortner [briefträger (the postman)], Wilhelm Dieterle (William Dieterle) [bauhandwerker (the workman)]

Henny-Porten-Film GmbH production for Gloria-Film GmbH. / Produced by Hanns Lippmann and Henny Porten. Scenario by Carl Mayer. Production manager, Wilhelm von Kaufmann. Set design by Paul Leni. Set construction by Karl Görge. Cinematography by Karl Hasselmann. Special effects cinematography by Willy Hameister. Music score by Hans Landsberger. / Premiered 11 December 1921 in Berlin, Germany. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot from 1 August through October 1921. The film was subtitled: Ein Film-Kammerspiel. The entire story is told without the use of intertitles.


Survival status: Prints exist in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Keywords: Crime: Murder - Death: Murder, Suicide - Germany: Berlin - Mailmen - Postmen

Listing updated: 28 September 2013.

References: Bardèche-History p. 194; Card-Seductive p. 61; Limbacher-Feature p. 14 : Website-Filmportal; Website-GEM; Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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