Half-blood (1919)

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Original title Half-blood
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1919
Director Fritz Lang
script Fritz Lang
production Erich Pommer
for Decla
camera Carl Hoffmann ,
Emil Schünemann

Halbblut is a German silent film drama in four acts by Fritz Lang . It is Fritz Lang's first self-directed film. The film is considered lost .


Edward Scott meets the "half-blood" Juanitta, an "opium whore", in Santa Fé and falls in love with her. He marries Juanitta and brings her to Europe. At a meeting with his friend Axel van der Straaten, the conversation turns to Juanitta and Axel claims that a “half-blood” like Juanitta is not equal to a man: you can have her as a lover, but you cannot marry her. Edward does not contradict him and Juanitta, who overheard the conversation secretly, despises her husband from now on. She ignores him and provokes his jealousy until he is sent to a madhouse .

Juanitta now surrenders to Axel van der Straaten, ensnares and seduces him until he finally falls for her. It takes him to gamble , where he loses his fortune. Her influence turns him into a cardsharp and Juanitta betrays him in revenge against the police. However, Axel can evade arrest.

Juanitta wants to flee to Mexico with the crooked money and her new lover, the mestizo . Axel, however, realizes that Juanitta was only playing with him out of revenge and shoots her.


Halbblut was created as part of the Ressel-Orla series filmed by Decla from 1918 to 1919 and was considered by contemporary critics to be the “best Orla film released by Decla” at the time.

The exterior and interior scenes of Halbblut were filmed in the studio, which gave rise to criticism: “In the past, you could allow yourself such jokes. Today every 'open-air recording' that is made in a glass house is annoying ”.

The shooting ran from January to early February 1919. Halbblut had its world premiere on April 3, 1919 in the Berlin marble house .


The contemporary criticism was, is that half-breed "for its Akt-enhancing to act dramatic action of [records], the [...] quite good directing and perfect technical processing at a movie best quality stamps him in." Half-Blood has been called " Mixture of mandrake and opium "and the script was praised as" exciting and logically flawlessly structured ".

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Individual evidence

  1. Directors from A to Z. In: Dieter Krusche, Jürgen Labenski : Reclams Filmführer. 10th, revised edition. Philipp Reclam, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-15-010418-1 , pp. 717–792 ( Memento of the original from September 11, 2014 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. , (Excerpts). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.lmz-bw.de
  2. ^ A b Egon Jacobsohn: Innovations on the Berlin film market. In: The Cinematograph. Vol. 12, No. 640/641, April 23, 1919, ZDB -ID 575137-8 .
  3. a b Joachim v .: The programs of the Berlin theaters. Meetings. In: The film. Vol. 4, No. 14, April 5, 1919, ZDB -ID 575768-x , p. 94.
  4. The film. Vol. 4, No. 6, February 8, 1919, p. 35.
  5. anonymous: half-blood . In: Lichtbildbühne . April 5, 1919.