Secrets of a Soul [DVD] [German] [1925]

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Geheimnisse einer Seele
With a brilliant tip of the hat to Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, German filmmaker G.W. Pabst offers Secrets of a Soul, a convoluted tale of a chemistry professor (Caligari's Werner Krauss) haunted by inexplicable resentments. The professor doesn't really dislike his wife's cousin, who is returning after several years in India: why, then do thoughts of murder keep entering his head? The dream sequences--to which Pabst gave credence by hiring two of Freud's assistants as consultants--elaborate upon existing Freudian symbolism to the bursting point. Pabst had always been fascinated by the subconscious; here he seems intoxicated by the subject. Especially effective is Pabst's use of multiple dissolves and superimpositions, all accomplished "in the camera" without any post-production lab work. Originally titled Geheimnisse einer Seele. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Werner Krauss - Martin Feliman
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    Ruth Weyher - His wife
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    Pavel Pavlov - Dr. Charles Orth
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    Renata Brausewetter - Dienstmaedchen
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    Ilka Gruning - The mother

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