Silent Movie Bookshelf: Conrad Veidt on Screen by John T. Soister

There is only one thing I love more than a good silent movie: A good Conrad Veidt movie. And if it is a Conrad Veidt silent movie…

This book was a gift from a friend who understood my unwavering fangirliness when it comes to all things Veidt. Eternal thanks are in order.

It is a little pricey, especially if you want the hardcover (which you will) but so worth it for the devotee.

What is it?: A comprehensive illustrated filmography. The complete guide to every one of Conrad Veidt’s performances, from his debut in 1917 to his posthumous final film in 1943. The book starts with a biography of Veidt, complete with photographs (baby Conrad Veidt, eeeeee!) and and anecdotes.

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Pictures: A nice amount, though this is not a picture book. Almost every film covered has at least one still or poster to accompany it.

Reviews and Synopses: Each film has a full synopsis, vintage reviews, a “notes and quotes” section, cast information, filming and release dates, and survival status.

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Favorite Tidbit: Veidt’s famous turn as Cesar in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari earned him the reputation as “King of the Gooseflesh,” which proved to be something of a bother in everyday life:

When his wife tried to hire a maid, the woman balked: “What? I should work for this bloodthirsty man who slaughters women like hens?”

This book is essential for Conrad Veidt fans and it is also an excellent bit of film scholarship. Highly recommended.

Availability: Released in hardcover and paperback.