13 thoughts on “Video of the month – Conrad Veidt, a Ross model

  1. Monique: hermoso el video, con tantas fotos extraordinarias. Sobre todo me gusta la que elegiste para la portada donde Veidt parece un elfo burlón. Gracias!

    • I had to change the soundtrack owing to some copyright problems, and also because someone complained the song is from Schindler’s List (Holocaust) and that it is too sad. I had to choose something from YouTube, instead.

  2. Does anyone know which books Connie liked to read? I saw the picture of him at his library and tried to view a larger image, but still couldn’t make out any titles. If there is a clearer picture or if someone could make out any of the titles, I’d be interested. Thanks!

    • To answer your question, I looked at my original photo and spotted two names: Ignazio Silone and Gábor von Vaszary. But, Connie also admired other authors who are mentioned in the book by J.C. Allen among those whose books were burned by the Nazis: Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger, Albert Einstein, Stefan Zweig, Erich Maria Remarque, H.G. Wells, Jack London, Andre Gide, Emile Zola, Helen Keller. He was also an admirer of Sigmund Freud. He liked philosophical books and biographies – he even insisted on making movies about Freud and Alfred Nobel.

      • Thank you, this is so helpful 🙂 Can you make out the title of the book on the second shelf, far right in picture, below the book Connie’s touching?
        It looks like “The — –That — -Nails” by — Ray ?
        He must have been incredibly bright as well as a fascinating and interesting conversationalist!

      • Indeed, it is The Hand that Drove the Nails, by J. Fletcher Ray. Connie was a real intellectual.

      • Remember also that the book “The Hand that Drove the Nails” was published in 1934, a period when Connie would make some major films – I would say his most important and powerful sound films – The Wandering Jew (1933), Jew Süss (1934) and The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935). All of them reflect problems of religion, faith, and self-identity.

  3. That’s a very insightful observation, to see the connection of how he chose his reading material around the times of which roles he was researching for or in the process of making. I wonder how this reflected on his personal life, as there was some speculation of his coming from a Protestant background and identifying as Jewish. He was so intriguing!

    • Connie was a very complex personality and no one trully understood him – not even his third wife. She “mothered” him, the way he needed – he was always very fond of his parents – but I am sure that Connie – and Connie only – knew and kept certain things to himself. He practised séances and believed in ESP. Even his death was sudden.

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