Thea Gabriele von Harbou (27 December 1888 – 1 July 1954) was a German screenwriter, novelist, film director, and actress. She is remembered as the screenwriter of the science fiction film classic Metropolis (1927) and the story on which it was based. Harbou collaborated as a screenwriter with film director Fritz Lang, her husband, during the period of transition from silent to sound films.
Thea von Harbou was born in Tauperlitz (now part of Döhlau), Bavaria, in 1888, into a family of minor nobility and government officials, which gave her a level of sophisticated comfort. As a child, she was educated in a convent by private tutors who taught her several languages as well as piano and violin. She was a child prodigy. Her first works, a short story published in a magazine and a volume of poems published privately, focused on perceptions of art, subjects considered unusual for a girl of thirteen. Despite her privileged childhood, Harbou wanted to earn a living on her own, which led her to become an actress despite her father's disapproval.
Movies & TV shows
The Indian Tomb
Seetha and Harold Berger were brought to a small village after being rescued from the desert. The greedy owner of the house where they are lodged betrays the law of hospitality and reveals their locat...
The Tiger of Eschnapur
A German architect saves the life of the Maharajah's favorite temple dancer and becomes his friend, but their friendship is tested when the architect and the dancer fall in love, triggering the Mahara...
Remake of the 1931 original. In the city, someone is murdering children. The Police search is so intense, it is disturbing the 'normal' criminals, and the local hoods decide to help find the murderer ...
Fahrt ins Glück
Celia Lövengaart used to work at the theater and was able to lead a carefree life, but she is in financial difficulties. She goes to visit her daughter Susanne, who grows up with her grandparents. Sus...
A deranged alcoholic who beats his wife and kids goes missing in a mountain village. Everyone in the village is happy to see him gone. It was made at the end of the Nazi era and not released until 194...
The Stars of Variety Show
The closing performance of the month will be at Theatre Colosseum. Jack Carey, the well-known marksman, has been in love with the magician's wife, a beautiful dancer. He decided to do his show after t...
Menschen vom Varieté
In a cosmopolitan city theatre, meeting place of the most successful artists, the art shooter is suspected of committing a murder by his jealous partner. On an average produced and played, the mixture...
The Indian Tomb
German architect Peter Frbringer, his fiancée, and his assistant will have to fight for their lives amidst a revolt fueled by traitors after the events of Der Tiger von Eschnapur, in which Maharadscha...
The Tiger of Eschnapur
The Maharadscha vom Eschnapur hires a German architect to build a mausoleum.
Séraphine and her mother visited the 1867 World Exhibition. In an overcrowded city, they have to be accommodated in separate hotels. During the night, the mother gets worse. Everyone denies meeting he...
Germany, 1890: Having just gotten his high-school diploma, Hans leaves for Heidelberg to begin his university studies. But first, he wants to visit his uncle, Pastor Hoppe, in the small village of R...
Der alte und der junge König
King Frederick the Great of Prussia was the name of the son of King Wilhelm.
I Was Jack Mortimer
The jealous star conductor Montemayor knows that his beautiful younger wife, Winifred, is cheating on him with an American named Jack Mortimer. After the concert rehearsal, he takes a taxi to the trai...
Ein idealer Gatte
Sir Robert has a loving wife. Evidence of a past misdeed will be presented by Mrs Cheveley. Sir Robert is in need of some help. He knows the lady of old and takes the whole thing very seriously.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
After a detective is attacked and placed in an asylum run by Professor Baum, he observes the professor's preoccupation with another patient. Take the hypnotist out of the picture. When Mabuse's notes ...
A massive Berlin police hunt focuses on Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children. Beckert's heinous crimes are so disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy und...
The son of the city's mastermind fell in love with a prophet who predicted the coming of a Savior in a futuristic city that was sharply divided between the working class and the planners.
The Chronicles of the Gray House
Despite opposition from both families, the son of a feudal German landowner falls in love with a beautiful daughter of a serfs. This is going too far when he proposes to her. The return of his brother...
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
King Burgmund of Xanten traveled to Worms, capital of the Siegundian kingdom, to ask King Gunther for his sister's hand.
A well-known artist is in love with a male model, but a young man is in love with a woman.
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
She wanted to kill the man who ruined her reputation when she married the king of the Huns.
The Finances of the Grand Duke
The Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. The main creditor wants to expropriate the entire Duchy because there is no money left to service the debt. A letter about the engagement has been stolen. ...
Die Prinzessin Suwarin
German feature film
The Stone Rider
In a distant Teutonic village, people dance and drink merrily celebrating a wedding feast. However, an elderly man tells the villagers that the valley where they live wasn't always happy but sorrowful...
Driven from Home
There is a film about a farm.
The Burning Soil
The story of a struggle over a plot of land is told in the film.
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
Dr. Mabuse and his organization of criminals are working on a scheme that will allow them to make huge profits on the stock exchange. Cara Carozza, the main attraction of the show, passes him informat...
Lorenz Lubota is a city clerk. He was run over by a woman driving a chariot on his way to work and he immediately fell in love with her.
Four Around the Woman
Harry Yquem buys jewelry for his wife in a place where fake and stolen goods are traded. He found a man with whom his wife had an affair in the past.
As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is kidnapped by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall. Death tells the woman three different stories.
The Indian Tomb, Part II: The Tiger of Bengal
Rowland falls sick with leprosy while Mac Allan is captured by the Maharajah, who offers Irene a deal: one night with him in exchange for letting Rowland to be cured. She accepts, but tries to commit ...
The Indian Tomb, Part I: The Mission of the Yogi
Ayan, Maharajah of Eschnapur, believes that his wife, Princess Savitri, has been unfaithful to him with officer Mac Allan. He decides to bury her alive, so he sends the Yogi Ramigani to England to loo...
Die Legende von der heiligen Simplicia
Simplicia has a reputation for healing through prayer and laying on of hands. Knight Rochus sets out "to see how long it takes to turn a saint into a sinner!" He sneaks into the monastery and forces S...
The Wandering Image
A woman takes a train to escape from her lover, who is also the father of her daughter, but he sent her a telegram to make sure she wouldn't get rid of him. A chase leads into the mountains. There is ...
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