The Grand Duke's Finances (1924) F.W. Murnau
The Grand Duke's Finances (1924) F.W. Murnau
The Grand Duke's Finances (1924) F.W. Murnau

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The Grand Duke's Finances

F.W. Murnau | Germany | 1924 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 23 Nov 2022

Murnau’s uncharacteristic comedy is a realist fantasy full of grace, tension, brightness and charm that is reminiscent of the best of Lubitsch’s German films. The grand duke of a comic-opera duchy, who prefers a life of idleness for himself and his subjects, has his existence threatened by three malcontents and a shady financier who wants to transform his paradise into a much more profitable sulphur mine. Scripted by Thea von Harbou (Metropolis) and shot by Karl Freund (Dracula) and Franz Planer (Letter from an Unknown Woman), it features wonderfully expressive art direction by Rochus Gliese.

Format: DCP
Language: Silent with English Intertitles
Source: Murnau Stiftung
Runtime: 78 mins

Event duration

78 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The Brink of Life: F.W. Murnau, Cinematic Visionary

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888–1931) was a perfectionist, an aesthete and, in many ways, a visionary, whose poetic, painterly, literate and highly cinematic sensibilities brought to the golden age of German cinema new concepts of film form based on a synthesis of all the elements then in vogue – from Caligari-like horrors to an expressionist use of actors’ bodies through to a rugged, sometimes optimistic naturalism (especially in his American period).

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