Algol

Deutschland 1920 Spielfilm

Summary

Algol. Tragedy of Power

Mineworker Robert Herne is joined by a new colleague – Algol. The extraterrestrial visitor, from a faraway star system of the same name, gives Herne a machine that turns the radiation from his home planet into energy. It becomes the capital for the "Bios plant" with which Herne transforms himself into Earth's ruler by making every country economically dependent on him. Except for one. In a neighbouring agricultural country, Peter Hell is organising timid resistance to the hostile takeover. Hell is the son of Herne's childhood sweetheart, who has emigrated ... "The rule of coal is over. The Bios plant will power the world from this day forward!" "Algol" is both a dynasty drama and a gloomy portrait of an industrial dystopia. It can also be understood as a didactic warning that replacing conventional fuels with renewable energy in a monopolistic market can lead to new dependencies. Algol was also far ahead of its time dramatically; the dichotomy presented in the film between the bright "overworld" of the rich and powerful, and the dark "underworld" of the labour slaves would become a constituent element of the science-fiction genre.

Source: 67. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

 

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Shoot

    • To Juni 1920: Potsdam (Orangerie), Nordsee, Hamburg [Außenaufnahmen]
    • Juli 1920 - August 1920 [Atelieraufnahmen]
Duration:
5 Akte, 2144 m
Format:
35mm, 1:1,33
Video/Audio:
s/w, stumm
Censorship/Age rating:

Zensur (DE): 25.08.1920, B.00347, Jugendverbot

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 03.09.1920, Berlin, U.T. Kurfürstendamm

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Algol
  • Weiterer Titel (DE) Algol. Eine Tragödie der Macht
  • Originaltitel (DE) Algol. Tragödie der Macht (Restaurierte Fassung)

Versions

Original

Duration:
5 Akte, 2144 m
Format:
35mm, 1:1,33
Video/Audio:
s/w, stumm
Censorship/Age rating:

Zensur (DE): 25.08.1920, B.00347, Jugendverbot

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 03.09.1920, Berlin, U.T. Kurfürstendamm

Formatfassung

Weiterer Titel (DE)
  • Originaltitel (DE)
  • Algol. Tragödie der Macht (Restaurierte Fassung)
Duration:
104 min
Format:
DCP 2K
Video/Audio:
Viragiert, stumm
Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): Februar 2017, Berlin, IFF - Retrospektive