Maharajah Conrad Veidt hires a German architect to design a beautiful tomb for his wife. She isn’t actually dead yet.
The Maharajah only has one tiger pit, you see, and they need time to digest her boyfriend. Do you think a maharajah is made of tiger pits? The pace is stately (that’s critic speak for on the slow side but good) and the scenery is first rate.
Orientalism German-style but Veidt electrifies.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Veidt pursues his wife but she commits suicide. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt, he renounces the throne.
Read my full-length review here. I also cover Fritz Lang’s talkie remake.
If it were a dessert it would be: Licorice Caramels. Meant to be savored and not to everyone’s taste but for me, yum!
Availability:Released on DVD but, alas, out of print.