The closed chain

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Original title The closed chain
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1920
length approx. 92 minutes
Director Paul Ludwig Stein
script Erich Wulffen
production Paul Davidson for PAGU
camera Fritz Arno Wagner

The closed chain is a German silent film drama from 1920 by Paul Ludwig Stein with Pola Negri and Aud Egede Nissen in the leading roles.


The worker Anselm Pichler is on trial for a violent crime, but he is innocent. Judge Villany believes that he has a closed chain of evidence in front of him in his case and sentenced the accused to four years in prison. Later, Villany gets caught up in the mill of justice and learns first hand what it means to be convicted of innocence. And so lies his own case:

Villany was a welcome guest in the house of Lieutenant Colonel Trautmannsdorf and over time fell in love with his wife Cäcilie. In order to break her away from him, they both wanted to run away, but suddenly Trautmannsdorf was dead and Villany suspected of having murdered him. With him, too, a closed chain of evidence seems to open up, which is supposed to put him and Cäcilie behind bars for a long time. Only after the student Werneking confesses are both Villany and Cäcilie released. But Villany, who catches himself thinking about the murder of Trautmannsdorf by his own hand, if the real perpetrator had not gotten ahead of him, now, in view of this thought-playful "sin", renounces a love happiness that has now become possible with Cäcilie, whereupon she takes her own life.

Production notes

The closed chain , one of the forgotten Negri films, was made in the UFA-Messter-Atelier in Berlin-Tempelhof . The film passed the film censorship on November 23, 1920 and was banned from youth. The premiere took place on December 10, 1920. The length of the five-act was 1902 meters.

Jack Winter designed the film structures. The script was written by a criminologist .


Paimann's film lists summed up: “The material is highly dramatic, the game is excellent. Photos and scenery very good. "

"On Eged [sic!] Nissen knows how to open up the registers of her emotional scale if it is possible to achieve a dramatic effect [...] recordings, games and photos are at an artistic level."

- New Kino-Rundschau

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The closed chain in Paimann's film lists ( memento of the original from October 3, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Neue Kino-Rundschau of December 25, 1920. P. 15 f.