in about 100 words or less
Germany 138m, B&W, Silent
Director: Richard Oswald; Cast: Conrad Veidt, Reinhold Schünzel, Anita Berber, Hugo Döblin, Paul Morgan, Georg John, Bernhard Goetzke
Unheimliche Geschichten is an anthology of five short “Uncanny Stories” read by Death, the Devil and the Harlot who step out of three life sized paintings in an old bookstore after closing. Though really none of these tales are very frightening, Conrad Veidt’s menacing looks and dramatic performances in each, undoubtedly helped him secure the role of Caesar in The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920). Oswald’s use of the anthology format may also be the earliest in the history of the horror genre of cinema (Klaus Ming November 2016).