Playing with Fire (1921 German film)

Playing with Fire (German: Das Spiel mit dem Feuer) is a 1921 German silent comedy-drama film directed by Georg Kroll and Robert Wiene and starring Diana Karenne, Vasilij Vronski, Ossip Runitsch and Anton Edthofer. A method actress likes living out the roles she is playing in real life. To prepare for her new play, she enters the criminal underworld and ends up being implicated in a burglary of a Duke who is one of her suitors.[1] The film received a generally positive reception from critics, although some were doubtful about the blending of farce and tragedy.[2]

Playing with Fire
Directed by
Produced byErich Pommer
Written by
CinematographyFritz Arno Wagner
Distributed byDecla-Bioscop
Release date
  • May 1921 (1921-05)



  1. Jung & Schatzberg p. 92–93
  2. Jung & Schatzberg p. 93


  • Jung, Uli & Schatzberg, Walter. Beyond Caligari: The Films of Robert Wiene. Berghahn Books, 1999.
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