The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna
Friday, Jul 13, 2012 9:15 PM
Castro Theatre


DIRECTOR'S PICK! Presented by PHILIP KAUFMAN!


Sponsored by Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany-San Francisco

Co-Presented by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive


(DIE WUNDERBARE LÜGE DER NINA PETROWNA)

Germany, 1929, approximately 115 minutes

Directed by Hanns Schwarz

Cast: Brigitte Helm, Francis Lederer, Warwick Ward, Lya Jan


Before the genius film director Max Ophüls lent his name to the distinctive style of elegantly smooth camera and complex crane and dolly sweeps, there was Hanns Schwarz. The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna was his masterpiece, superb in every way and often referenced with the adjective “Ophulsian”—high praise indeed. Set in Czarist St. Petersburg, The Wonderful Lie is the story of the mistress (Brigitte Helm) of an upper class general who gives up her pampered life for the love of a lowly lieutenant. Print from George Eastman House


Accompanied by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Live English translation read by Frank Buxton