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  Henny Porten (left).
Photograph: Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und
Fernsehen; courtesy Le Giornate del Cinema Muto.
Das alte Gesetz
(The Ancient Law)
Also known as Baruch in Germany and France; La Antigua ley in Spain; The Ancient Law in the USA : [This Ancient Law]
(1923) German
B&W : Nine reels / 7532 feet
Directed by E.A. Dupont

Cast: Henny Porten [Erzherzogin Elisabeth Theresia], Ruth Weyher [hofdame], Hermann Vallentin [Heinrich Laube], Avrom Morewski [Rabbiner Mayer], Ernst Deutsch [Baruch Mayer, sein sohn (his son)], Grete Berger [Frau Mayer, seine mutter (his mother)], Robert Garrison [Ruben Pick], Kálmán Zátony [Joseph Wagner], Werner Krauss [Nathan, der professor], Margarete Schiegel [Esther, seine tochter], Jakob Tiedtke [direktor der schauspieler], Olga Limburg [seine frau (his wife)], Alice Hechy [beider tochter], Julius Brandt [ein alter komödiant], Wolfgang Zilner [page], Robert Scholz, Alfred Krafft-Lortzing, Dominik Löscher, Philipp Manning, Fritz Richard

Comedia-Film GmbH production. / Scenario by Paul Reno, from the memoirs of Heinrich Laube. Art direction by Alfred Junge and Kurt Kahle. Art advisor Avrom Morewski. Costume design by Ali Hubert. Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl. / Released 29 October 1923. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The film was edited to 5500 feet and released in the USA as The Ancient Law on State Rights basis by Modern Arts in [?] November or December? 1924. The film was released in Finland on 18 January 1925. The film was edited to 6500 feet and released in the United Kingdom.


Survival status: Prints exist in the National Film Archive of the British Film Institute film archive, and in the Filmhistoriska Samlingarna film archive.

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Keywords: Jews

Listing updated: 12 March 2018.

References: Ball-Shakespeare pp. 269-270, 271, 374, 385; Bardèche-History p. 257; FilmYearBook-1926 p. 33 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc; DVD.

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