Has one individual ever come as close to measuring larger than life? What an embodied and towering figure, the whole thing so entwined with his presence that the camera becomes an extension of his vision (blurry) and psyche (collapsing). And where we learn the power of film perspective - that subject as hero convinces us of strange morality. As noted, dark insinuations about the power of a uniform.
Inoubliable et magnifique oeuvre intemporelle et profondément humaine, transfigurée par une époustouflante interprétation du grand Emil Jannings, mettant en lumière et en dérision la proverbiale sentence que "l'habit fait bien le moine". On pourrait juste déplorer l'invraisemblable happy end du film, imposé par le producteur qui fera de notre triste hère l'héritier d'un richissime millionnaire. www.cinefiches.com
Extraordinary cinema. The stills alone are more expressive than most films are today. Jannings plays his character to the edge, but is perfectly balanced by Murnau's fine-tuned vision, and Freund's cinematographic grace. Devastating (enough that the silly ending got guilty pleasure points) for its relatability; plenty of ways, post-authority-fetish, for society to sell us our self-worth. 4.5
Murnau's parable delightfully shows that "it's not WHAT we are but WHO we are that counts". Lovingly restored and more innovative than one would think. Apparently this was the first ever film (??) to utilize the 'subjective camera', wherein we were able to see events through a character's eyes.