Die Pest in Florenz (1919)

Germany, 1919
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A German horror film directed by Otto Rippert.

Plot Summary

An evil seductress wreaks havoc on Florence when she seduces the city’s ruler and his son. In a fit of jealousy, the son kills the father and soon the city’s churches have been converted into dens of vice and debauchery. Then Death arrives in Florence bringing with her a terrible plague…


Director: Otto Rippert
Decla-Bioscop AG
Producer: Erich Pommer
Script: Fritz Lang
Story The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
Directors of Photography: Willy Hameister, Carl Hoffmann, Emil Schünemann
Art Directors: Franz Jaffe, Walter Reimann, Walter Röhrig, Hermann Warm

Theodor Becker (Franciscan Monk)
Karl Bernhard (Lorenzo’s confidant)
Julie Brandt [real name: Julietta Brandt] (Death)
Erner Huebsch (monk)
Franz Knaak (cardinal)
Otto Mannstaedt (Cesare)
Auguste Prasch-Grevenberg
Marga von Kierska (evil woman)
Hans Walter (Julia’s confidant)
Anders Wikman (Cesare’s son)

Alternative Titles

La Peste à Florence – French title


The Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.23- credits, review