Announcement! Academic article on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, signed by me

I invite you all to read my academic article on German Expressionism and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.


Remembering Conrad Veidt, who died on this day in 1943

Today we are commemorating the death of Conrad Veidt, who lived in 50 years like others do in 100 years! He will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

The writer and producer Mark Oliver, grandson of actor David Oliver, who was friends with Conrad, told me interesting story related to Conrad, that you could read at

New book on Michael Powell. Conrad Veidt is also extensively presented.

This review was sent to me by James Howard, the author:

‘I Live Cinema: The Life and Films of Michael Powell’ (available via Amazon) covers the entire career of possibly Britain’s greatest film director of the 1940s, from its very beginnings as a ‘Grip’ with the Rex Ingram company in France to his work as stills photographer for Alfred Hitchcock, early screenplays and the 23 films he directed in England between 1932 and 1937, here analysed in detail for the first time.
In 1939, Powell was introduced to the screenwriter Emeric Pressburger by Alexander Korda with the intention that they produce a suitable vehicle forConrad Veidt – then under contract to Korda but not having made a film in two years. The result – The Spy in Black – established Powell and Pressburger as a formidable duo and was considered by many to be Conrad Veidt’s finest British film to date. Together with costar Valerie Hobson, Powell, Pressburger and Veidt quickly reteamed on the successful Contraband (Blackout) before Conrad set to work on The Thief of Bagdad, with Powell as one of its three named directors.
The production was to take the star to Hollywood, as Powell and Pressburger remained in England where they formed The Archers and produced a series of dazzlingly original movies throughout the 1940s including 49th Parallel, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes. Going their separate ways in the mid 1950s, Powell worked in television and the theatre (both here covered in depth for the first time) as well as continuing in the cinema with the once-notorious Peeping Tom, thought by many to have ended his career in Britain.
Many exclusive interviews and contributions from associates round out a solid and comprehensive picture of a man whose films continue to be rediscovered and re-evaluated almost 70 years after they were first shown, with biographies of all the significant players in Powell’s career, chapters on his groundbreaking use of music in film and a review of the many other projects that remained unmade.
400 pages with many rare and unpublished illustrations.


*Lots of additions today, most of them from my newest collections. Special thanks to Birgit for part of the scans.

The updates could be found as follows:

-Article – an extended French article on Conrad

-Books and other magazine covers – a new cover from a modern magazine with Conrad


<Family life


-Movies II

<Der Kongress tanzt (1931)

<Der schwarze Husar (1932)

<Ich und die Kaiserin (1933)

<Dark Journey (1937)

<Under the Red Robe (1937)

<The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

<The Men in Her Life (1941)

<Nazi Agent (1942)

<Casablanca (1942)

<Above Suspicion (1943)

Here are a few samples. Check the gallery pages for more scans!

Conrad on a French magazine cover The Thief of Bagdad (1940) - behind the scenes Conrad and wife Lily in Hollywood Under the Red Robe (1937), with Annabella Ich und die Kaiserin (1933) Portrait of young Conrad holding a pipe Young Conrad portrait Der schwarze Husar (1932) The Thief of Bagdad (1940) - magazine cover Above Suspicion (1943), with Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray Casablanca (1942) Nazi Agent (1942) The Thief of Bagdad (1940) - magazine cover The Men in Her Life (1941), with Loretta Young Dark Journey (1937), with Joan GardnerThe Men in Her Life (1941), with Loretta Young - magazine Der Kongress tanzt (1931), with Lilian HarveyDer Kongress tanzt (1931), with Lilian Harvey


*Many important additions today! Scans of some clippings and movie stills I recently got. Also special thanks to Birgit for her most valuable contribution, as usual.

The new scans could be found as follows:

Articles – a new article on Connie


<Family life


Movies I

<The Last Performance (1929)

Movies II

<I Was a Spy (1933)

<Jew Suess (1934)

<Bella Donna (1934)

<Dark Journey (1937)

<Under the Red Robe (1937)

<The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

<Casablanca (1942)

Here are just a few pictures of the additions. Check the galleries mentioned above for more photos!

Conrad, wife Felicitas and friend Emil JanningsConrad and wife FelicitasConrad, wife Felicitas and their daughter ViolaConrad Veidt portraitConrad portraitDark Journey (1937)Dark Journey (1937), with Vivien LeighUnder the Red Robe (1937)The Last Performance (1929) - magazine coverThe Last Performance (1929), with Mary Philbin The Last Performance (1929), with Mary Philbin The Last Performance (1929) The Last Performance (1929)Bella Donna (1934), with Mary EllisThe Thief of Bagdad (1940)Jew Suess (1934)Jew Suess (1934)I Was a Spy (1933), with Madeleine Carroll - cigarette adCasablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942), with Claude Rains