Archive of films The Spiders I (The Golden Lake) / Die Spinnen I (Der Goldene See)

Germany
1919, 65 min

Section: Treasures from the National Film Archive
Year: 2007

A hard-hearted woman sets off with her accomplices, an evil gang known as the Spiders, in search of a diamond in the shape of the Buddha’s head. Her plans, however, are thwarted by the fearless adventurer Kay Hoog. A fragment of silent film which, in a naivist adventure spectacle, introduces the wealth of themes which would find their way into Fritz Lang’s subsequent work.


Synopsis

A hard-hearted, sinister woman named Lio Sha sets off with her accomplices, an evil gang known as the “Spiders”, in search of riches – a diamond in the shape of the Buddha’s head, which is to guarantee its owner world domination. Her plans are thwarted by the honourable and fearless adventurer Kay Hoog, who dares (not with impunity) to scorn her love. This fragment of silent film from 1919 presents a naivist adventure spectacle and introduces the wealth of themes which would find their way into the subsequent films of Fritz Lang, director of the celebrated Metropolis. The first public screening of a print restored by the National Film Archive (NFA) with a live musical accompaniment.

Contacts

National Film Archive
Malešická 12, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic
E-mail: nfa@nfa.cz
www: www.nfa.cz

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Treasures from the National Film Archive
   
Director: Fritz Lang
Screenplay: Fritz Lang
Dir. of Photography: Karl Freud, Emil Schünemann
Producer: Erich Pommer
Production: Decla - Bioscop
Cast: Lil Dagover, Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John, Rudolf Lettinger, Thea Zander
Contact: National Film Archive

Guests

Blažena Urgošíková

Film Institution Rep.

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