Murnau’s last film is one of the strongest and at the same time most fragile testimonies of the silent film era. Filmed in 1929 and 1930 in the South Seas, the tragic fairy tale impresses with its almost magical visual language and enormously sensitive and tender narrative style. The film opened the 5th St. Gallen Silent Film Festival on January 18, 2019, shown in the restored 35mm print. I accompanied the masterpiece on the Wurlitzer organ. The audience let themselves be drawn into the magic of the film….