Unheimliche Geschichten (1919)

Germany, 1919
112m, 2318 metres; 2230 metres (2002 restored version)
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A German horror film directed by Richard Oswald.

Plot Summary

After an antique book shop closes, portraits of The Strumpet, Death and the Devil come to life and start to read stories about themselves.


Director: Richard Oswald
Producer: Richard Oswald
Stories: Die Erscheinung by Anselma Heine; Die Hand by Robert Liebmann; The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe; The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson; Der Spuk by Richard Oswald
Director of Photography: Karl Hoffmann
Set Decorator: Julius Hahlo

Anita Berber (Die Dirne/woman/girlfriend/wife of drunk/sister of club president/wife)
Conrad Veidt (Der Tod/the stranger/the assassin/traveller/club president/husband)
Reinhold Schünzel (Der Teufel/former husband/murderer/drunk/Artur Silas/travelling Baron)
Hugo Döblin
Paul Morgan
Georg John
Richard Oswald [himself – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Un affare misterioso – Italian title
Cauchemars et hallucinations – French title
Eerie Tales – US title

Unheimliche Geschichten (1932)


film dienst vol.55 no.22 (22 October 2002) p.41 – review (by Josef Nagel)

Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) – credits, review

Other Sources
BFI Southbank Guide December 2019 p.48 – illustrated listing