The Indian Tomb

Tuesday, May 5, 1998 and Wednesday, May 6, 1998

This two-part action/adventure from 1921 is presented in a 35mm, color-tinted and fully restored print. The screening is proudly co-sponsored by: The Silent Film Society of Atlanta, The Emory University Film Studies Department, and the Goethe-Institut Atlanta.

Screening begins both nights at 7:30 p.m.

Room 205 of White Hall, Emory University.

Directions: Enter the Emory University campus through the main gate on North Decatur Road. Proceed along Dickie Drive from entrance. White Hall is the second building on the right, a little set back from the road and without an entrance on the road (before Dickie Drive turns and goes down a steep hill); White Hall is gray with concrete block-style architecture. For parking, continue down the hill on Dickie Drive, curving sharply to the right at its base; turn left onto Peavine Drive after the turn (not through the gates onto Oxford Road). Peavine Parking guest visitors lot is on the left. (If anyone is planning to come to Atlanta for this screening and they're really confused about where to go and where to stay, they can call Paula Vitaris (member of the Conrad Veidt Society) at work at 404-727-4683.)

Das Indische Grabmal (The Indian Tomb)
...from Fritz Lang, The Nature of the Beast by Patrick McGilligan:

Among their common interests was a restless curiosity about foreign cultures. Von Harbou (Thea) was, like Lang, fascinated with India, where she hoped to journey one day. And according to her publicity (though publicity could stretch the truth as imaginatively as fiction), von Harbou had visited Africa as a young woman, climbed the peak of Kilimanjaro and ''nearly lost her life among the snow and ice.'' Her first scenario in collaboration with Lang would exploit their mutual fascination with India.

Von Harbou was busy with the adaptation of her 1917 novel Das indische Grabmal (The Indian Tomb when Joe May assigned Lang to help her with the writing and plan details of the production. Her novel was about a German architect who falls in love with a temple dancer in India. The scenario would be divided, as in the case of Die Spinnen into two parts: Part One, called Die Sendung des Yoghi, would be followed by Part Two, Das indische Grabmal. ....Joe May praised the script of Das indische Grabmal but unaccountably delayed the two-part Indian film. Instead, he gave a pirority go-ahead to Das wandernde Bild (The Wandering Image)...The director had little choice but to acquiesce.

...According to Kettlehut, Lang was slow to realize that all along Joe May had been maneuvering to take over the directorial reins of Das indische Grabmal It was von Harbou who brought Lang the bad news, up in the Alps. May, according to Lang, used as his excuse the argument that the costly production, in the hands of a relatively novice director, alarmed bank investors. ''It was a lie. In truth, Joe May was convinced the film would be a huge success and he wanted to make it himself.''


Stills from this movie can be viewed at: The Conrad Veidt Home Page - Indian Tomb stills.

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