At the time it was the most expensive German film ever made. It was intended to be a major offensive against Hollywood. However the film flopped with critics and audiences alike. Representatives of the American firm Paramount considerably shortened and re-edited the film. They oversimplified the plot, even cutting key scenes. The original version could only be seen in Berlin until May 1927 – from then on it was considered to have been lost forever. Those recently viewing a restored version of the film first read the following insert: “More than a quarter of the film is believed to be lost forever.”
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Frank Strobel, conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, said providing music for silent films was a lost art from a bygone era. In 1927 Berlin alone had more than 30 film theatres with 50-strong orchestras.
"There is no technical help, I don't have a clock on my monitor ... It is the film that gives me the rhythm, the film gives me the tempo, how the actors move in the picture, how they turn around, how a door closes," he said.
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