Franz Porten

[Porcellana Meissner] Int.: Rosa Porten (the lady), Henny Porten (the gentleman). F: Carl Froehlich. Prod.: Messter’s Projektion GmbH. 16 mm. L.: 33 m. D.: 4’ a 16 f/s. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Earliest known screen performance by Rosa Porten, in tandem with her younger sister Henny Porten. They enact porcelain dolls which come to life once they have been unwrapped. This was one of the Tonbilder made by their father Franz Porten for Messter’s: filmed scenes accompanying sung couplets which were played from a record. The record is presumed lost, but it is assumed that Rosa Porten and Henny Porten sang the couplet by Leo Herzberg on music by Carl Alfredy.

Annette Förster