Der Januskopf (lost F. W. Murnau film; 1920)


Der Januskopf
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Der Januskopf (translated to English as The Head of Janus) is a 1920 silent German horror film. It is one of three adaptions of the novel Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde to be released that year, done without securing the rights to adapt the novel. It is believed that the film used one of the first instances of a moving-camera shot in cinematic history.

The film followed the novel very loosely. Instead of using a potion to transform, the doctor uses a cursed statue of the two-faced Roman god Janus. Also, much like the film Nosferatu, the names were changed in hopes of avoiding getting caught infringing copyright.

The film was directed by German cinema legend F. W. Murnau (who also directed the 1922 film Nosferatu) and starred Comrad Veidt (of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and The Man Who Laughs). The film also featured Bela Legosi in a minor role.

No footage from the film is known to exist. The script also is believed to exist but is not available online.

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