Directed by Paul Leni. With William Dieterle, Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, and Conrad Veidt. In this celebrated anthology film, a poet is hired to write the back-story of three notorious personages in a wax museum’s “chamber of horrors”: Harun al-Rashid, Ivan the Terrible, Jack the Ripper. The stories come to life—literally, in one case. Restored version.
(Germany, 1924, silent with English intertitles and music track, color-tinted b&w, DVD, 83 min.)
Admission $10, CMA members $7