Phantom (1922)

I’m still ambivalent about the Murnau oeuvre on the whole; while Sunrise is one of my favourite films of all time, I only really liked Faust out of his other films that I’ve seen (which, by now, is the majority of his extant films). I haven’t disliked his other films necessarily, but they haven’t particularly excited me. I still haven’t really decided what I made of this one; I found it kind of hard to get past the fact that Alfred Abel, who was in his early 40s at the time, is probably about 15 years too old for the character he plays. Don’t think I’m any nearer to a re-evaluation of Murnau like I’ve done to other directors… but damn it’s handsome to look at, though. The picture on the DVD cover above, combined with that particular colour tint, is one of the loveliest single shots I’ve ever seen in a film.

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