Ferryman Maria (1936) - part1 - Frank Wisbar
As i don't want this blog to focus mainly on Silent Movies, let's take few moments of your browsing time to look at a very rare german movie from the 30's. Directed by Frank Wisbar, who is better known as a B-movie director in the 50's, Ferryman Maria aka Death and the Maiden aka Fährmann Maria is a very symbolic and poetic movie. I personally rate it as one of the best german movie of all-time.
Yes, it is "Moody and atmospheric and shot in the style of early silent films with very little dialogue and ponderous pacing". i won't tell you about the plot now, i prefer to let you imagine one based on those frames.
Sybille Schmitz also played the role of Elizabeth in Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) by Georg Wilhelm Pabst with Louise Brooks.
Broke and forgotten, she killed herself out of despair at 44 in 1955.
Sybille Schmitz is astonishing in that sequence.
Frank Wisbar did a remake of Ferryman Maria in 1946 in the acclaimed Strangler Of The Swamp. It is supposed to be "a must for anybody interested in good early horror" if you believe The Psychotronic Video Guide. But i never saw it. Maybe someday.
This was the first 12 frames i'll post of this movie.
Next time you'll see the last 12.
In the meantime, any comments will be appreciated.