The Eisbraut

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Original title The Eisbraut
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1913
length 66 minutes
Director Stellan Rye
script Hanns Heinz Ewers based on his novella "John Llewellyn Hamilton's End" (1905)
production German bioscop
camera Karl Hasselmann

The Eisbraut is a German science fiction silent film with horror elements by Stellan Rye from 1913.


The Russian researcher Aksakov made an interesting find in the eternal ice of Siberia: a well-preserved mammoth completely enclosed in the ice block. To his great annoyance, this find finds its way to the St. Petersburg Museum, but this find neither benefited his reputation nor could he make a fortune with it. The researcher is hoping for another find to make a big difference. In addition to the primal animal, he found another creature encased in a block of ice: a young woman. It too must have been trapped by ice masses in an extreme catastrophe and eventually buried. Aksakov offers his find to the British Museum of London.

The eccentric, English painter John Hamilton Llewellyn was commissioned with the design of one of the museum rooms and has been magically fascinated from the start by this ice bride who seems to fix him with her eyes. He can no longer escape this creature, which has been frozen for 20,000 years, and asks the museum director to be allowed to draw it. He also impresses the museum attendants so that they can leave the room for a few moments and he can have the object of his passion and desire all to himself. Hamilton's obsession gradually becomes uncanny for the museum director and then withdraws the right of access to the Eisbraut's room from the artist, who now wants to paint the girl in oil. But with even more bribery, Hamilton comes into possession of the room key. His lust grows to fanaticism and gradually ends in madness. He finally wants to be with her and with her.

He takes up an ax and smashes the block of ice that surrounds it so that nothing stands between the two. Finally he wants to hug her, then kiss her too. But after 20,000 years, the Eisbraut collapses in the fresh air, and the creature disintegrates into disgusting slime. Time had in fact stood still for her since it was frozen, a fact that was made up for in breathtaking time-lapse. With the embrace of the flowing, gelatinous mass, which was just the symbol of innocent, female eroticism, the painter loses his mind. When the museum attendants re-enter the room, they see the desperate man crouching in a corner, surrounded by pieces of ice. They drag Hamilton, screaming and wriggling like a berserk, out of the room. But his obsession gives him superhuman strength, so that he storms back into the room of the melted Eisbraut. Here he collapses screaming and loses consciousness. In the end, Hamilton is only a shadow of himself, devoid of any memory, staring to himself and tainted with a sickly body.

Production notes

The Eisbraut was created in the early autumn of 1913 in the Bioscop studio in Neubabelsberg . The four-act film with a length of 1198 meters passed the film censorship on November 3, 1913 and was banned from showing. It is currently not possible to determine when the film was shown for the first time.

The buildings were created by Robert A. Dietrich .

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Individual evidence

  1. The date given by IMDb “3. November 1913 ”is probably based on a misunderstanding. This date is the day it was submitted to the German film censorship.