Manon Lescaut (1926 film)

Manon Lescaut is a 1926 silent German feature film based on the oft-filmed[1] novel by Abbe Prevost. It stars Lya De Putti and was directed by Arthur Robison. It was produced and distributed by renowned German film company Universum Film AG better known as UFA. A young actress named Marlene Dietrich had a supporting role in this production. A set decorator on this film was the soon to be American Expatriate Paul Leni, who would find great success as a director in Hollywood.[2] It was shot at the Babelsberg and Tempelhof Studios, both of which were controlled by UFA.

Manon Lescaut
Scene from the film
Directed byArthur Robison
Produced byErich Pommer
Written byHans Kraly
Arthur Robison
Based onAbbe Prevost (novel:L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut)
StarringLya De Putti
Music byErno Rapee
Jules Massenet (stock music)
CinematographyKarl Freund
Theodor Sparkuhl
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 12 February 1926 (1926-02-12) (Germany)
  • 5 April 1926 (1926-04-05) (Finland)
  • 29 November 1926 (1926-11-29) (New York City)
  • 22 August 1927 (1927-08-22) (Portugal)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryWeimar Republic
LanguageGerman (German title cards translated into English, other)

In 1927, an American version was made, When a Man Loves.


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