Lil Dagover, Paul Biensfeldt, Georg John, Meinhart Maur,
Based on the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly (but changing the title character from geisha to noblewoman) and one of the first European films to depict Japanese culture, Harakiri was considered a lost film for decades until it was discovered in the mid-1980s in the Netherlands Film Museum. Intrigued with Asian design motifs and obsessed with authenticity, Lang obtained sets and costumes from the Hamburg Anthropological Museum to help create his fantasia of the Orient, filmed on the outskirts of Berlin. “Refreshingly stereotype-free, the film demonstrates that silent film can rival opera in emotional impact” (Tom Vick).
- Max Jungk
a play by David Belasco and John Luther Long
- Max Fassbender
- with Dutch intertitles and English e-titling
- 80 mins
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Harakiri (intertitles), Pacific Film Archive, 2001
Harakiri (intertitles), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1999
Harakiri (review), Variety, Lenny Borger, 1988
Fritz Lang à ses débuts (article), Alain Masson
Fritz Lang: la chasse aux trésors (article), Nicolas Saada
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