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Jul 04 2010

Possibly the first Lilith movie?

I was looking through the IMDb this morning. I tend to look at that site at least once a week to see if there is something new on offer or coming soon that might have something Succubi in it…

I haven’t searched under the term Lilith for a while and did so. To my surprise, there was a movie listing I had never heard of and the idea of the movie, and when it was made, was very interesting at least to me…

The movie is called Lilith and Ly. It was originally released in Austria as Lilith und Ly however. What’s interesting is that it was made in 1919, which means that it was a silent black and white movie. More interesting is that the the writer was the legendary Fritz Lang, who directed the classic movie Metropolis…

The sad part is that this movie seems to be one of the lost ones… That is to say that there seems to be no copies of this film in existence and very little seems to be known about it…

There is a short summary however which is as follows:

In this apparently lost film an inventor uses a strange jewel to bring to life a statue of Lilith, and falls in love with her. Soon, however, she begins to appear on a screen, also developed by the inventor, which reveals her to be a vampire who is slowly sucking his life essence from him, causing him to gradually fade away. He realizes the situation has become even more drastic when he notices his new love, Ly, is being possessed by Lilith and has also begun fading away.

It’s an interesting premise I think. The connection to Lilith I admit is somewhat tenuous however. I think this also might be the first instance of having the myth of Lilith confused with the myths of vampires, which is a shame really…

You can see a bit of the themes from Metropolis in it as well the short summary above and what I found on another site as well:

…the statue’s demon doppelganger image appears on a futuristic television screen, which steadily grows more powerful and almost drains the life from Landow and his new love Ly…

Metropolis of course had lots of television screens and other futuristic devices in it…

Just going by the limited information I have seen, it seems like the inventor is partly a magician and partly a technologist. That seems like an odd combination really, but none the less it does provide for some… interesting… stories ideas for me…

Perhaps I will put something together over this one…

If you want to see more about this film, you can see what’s available on the SuccuWiki later today, or you can see this movie’s entry in the IMDb here.

And if anyone does happen to find it somewhere… Please do let me know?

I think it would be interesting to watch it and compare it to Lang’s other works…

Tera

2 comments

  1. avatar
    James

    It does sound rather intriguing, Majesty.

  2. avatar
    TeraS

    In a way it does, but the vampiric part is a bit of a downer…

    Tera

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