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11 Ratings

Crown of Thorns


Directed by Robert Wiene
Germany, 1923
Drama, Silent


An anarchist jailed for an attempted assassination is told the Passion story by the prison chaplain, who seeks to convince him that it is better to sacrifice one’s own life than take the life of one’s enemy.

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Crown of Thorns Directed by Robert Wiene

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Crown of Thorns

    Fairly crude production values: painted backdrops for sets, and it has neither cinema "magic" nor the Expressionist style of Wiene's CALIGARI; Palestinian Jews made to look like stereotypical European Jews while Jesus and his disciples look neither Palestinian nor Jewish. Nonetheless, quite engaging. With Asta Neilson as Mary Magdalene and Henny Porten as Mary (pictured in screenshot). 3.6

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