From Morn to Midnight

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From Morn to MidnightFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_0_0
Directed byFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_1_0 Karlheinz MartinFrom Morn to Midnight_cell_0_1_1
Produced byFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_2_0 Herbert JuttkeFrom Morn to Midnight_cell_0_2_1
Written byFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_3_0 Karlheinz Martin

Georg KaiserFrom Morn to Midnight_cell_0_3_1

StarringFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_4_0 Ernst Deutsch

Roma Bahn Erna MorenaFrom Morn to Midnight_cell_0_4_1

CinematographyFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_5_0 Carl HoffmannFrom Morn to Midnight_cell_0_5_1
Release dateFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_6_0 From Morn to Midnight_cell_0_6_1
Running timeFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_7_0 73 minutesFrom Morn to Midnight_cell_0_7_1
CountryFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_8_0 Germany (Weimar Republic)From Morn to Midnight_cell_0_8_1
LanguageFrom Morn to Midnight_header_cell_0_9_0 Silent film

German intertitlesFrom Morn to Midnight_cell_0_9_1

From Morn to Midnight (German: Von morgens bis mitternachts) is a 1920 German silent expressionist film directed by Karlheinz Martin based on the 1912 play From Morning to Midnight by Georg Kaiser. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_0

It is one of the most radical films of the German Expressionist movement. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_1

The film uses stylized distorted sets, designed by Robert Neppach, which are even more avant-garde than those of the 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari From Morn to Midnight_sentence_2

Plot From Morn to Midnight_section_0

The film is divided in five acts. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_3

1st Act From Morn to Midnight_section_1

A foreign lady comes into a bank to withdraw money but the bank manager has not received a communication authorising the payment. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_4

The bank cashier is fascinated by her and contrasts her glamour with his boring life. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_5

A young man, the son of the lady, wants to buy a painting from a second-hand shop. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_6

The lady goes back to the bank to get money, without success. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_7

A beggar girl comes to the bank to beg for money. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_8

The cashier sees her as death. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_9

He steals a large amount of money from the bank. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_10

2nd Act From Morn to Midnight_section_2

The cashier goes to the lady's hotel and offers her his money, if she agrees to leave with him, but she only laughs at him and threatens to call her son. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_11

Learning that she has a son, he leaves the hotel. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_12

In front of the door, he sees the beggar girl again as death. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_13

3rd Act From Morn to Midnight_section_3

Meanwhile, his theft is discovered at the bank. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_14

At home, the cashier is welcome by his cosy and nauseating family. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_15

Aware of the danger of discovery, he flees on the road in a snow storm. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_16

The bank manager comes to his house with the police. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_17

A telegraphic message is sent indicating that a cashier is on the run. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_18

The cashier arrives at a large city. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_19

He buys top hat, white tie and tails. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_20

4th Act From Morn to Midnight_section_4

The cashier attends a six day bicycle race and offers a large sum of money for a special prize. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_21

He wants to buy passion for money. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_22

The various classes of society attending the race get very excited. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_23

But the arrival of the local Prince douses popular enthusiasm and they all bow to salute him. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_24

Disappointed, the cashier leaves and goes to a dance where he gets a private lounge where he tries to seduce two girls with his money. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_25

But the first one throws a glass of Sekt at him and the second one has a wooden leg. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_26

He sees her as death. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_27

5th Act From Morn to Midnight_section_5

A man brings the cashier to a seedy pub where he starts playing cards. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_28

As he wins the whole time, one of the men wants to stab him, but he is saved by a Salvation Army girl. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_29

He follows her to the Salvation Army premises. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_30

Inside, a man is confessing his sins. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_31

The cashier confesses that he has stolen from the bank and throws what is left of the money at the attendants. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_32

They all rush to take the money and run away. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_33

The Salvation Army girl tries to comfort him, but he sees her as death. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_34

He tells her there is a 5,000 marks reward for his capture. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_35

She rushes to report him to the police. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_36

When the police arrive, he shoots himself. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_37

Cast From Morn to Midnight_section_6

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Production From Morn to Midnight_section_7

The film was produced in 1920 by theatre director Karlheinz Martin, a few months after the release of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_38

He had already directed on stage the 1912 eponymous play by Georg Kaiser before World War I. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_39

The stage-like painted sets, the costumes and the performance of the actors form an artistic unity and are characteristic of Expressionism. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_40

From Morn to Midnight is one of the first German films that address the lure of "the great world" and "the street". From Morn to Midnight_sentence_41

It can be considered as a forerunner of the so-called road movies, such as Karl Grune's Die Straße (1923) and Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Joyless Street (1925). From Morn to Midnight_sentence_42

Distribution From Morn to Midnight_section_8

The world première of the film in Germany was not recorded. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_43

It was probably only shown in a few cinemas or in private screenings. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_44

The film was however screened with some success in Japan in 1922. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_45

It was long considered lost until 1959 when a copy was found at the Tokyo National Film Center in Japan. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_46

It was acquired by the National Film Archive of the German Democratic Republic and was screened for the first time in Germany in East Berlin in 1963. From Morn to Midnight_sentence_47

See also From Morn to Midnight_section_9

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