Secrets of a Soul

Secrets of a Soul (German: Geheimnisse einer Seele) is a 1926 silent German drama film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst.

Secrets of a Soul
DVD cover
Directed byGeorg Wilhelm Pabst
Produced byHans Neumann[1]
Screenplay by
  • Colin Ross
  • Hans Neumann[1]
StarringWerner Krauss
Music byGiuseppe Becce[1]
Neumann-Film-Produktion GmbH[1]
Distributed byUniversum Film AG[1]
Release date
  • 24 March 1926 (1926-03-24) (Berlin)
Running time
75 minutes[2]
German intertitles


Martin Fellman, a learned professor, experiences nightmares that make him believe he is going insane. He fears that he is on the verge of murdering his wife, who loves him dearly. He hires Dr. Orth, a psychiatrist, to help him work out his psychoses.



Secrets of a Soul's producer Hans Neumann was a firm believer in the theories of Sigmund Freud and tried to get Freud to participate in the making of the film. Freud did not respond, so he hired Karl Abraham, a close associate of Freud's, as an adviser on the project, to help Neumann make the most psychologically realistic film possible.[2]

The film was shot between September and November 1925.[1]


The film was released in Berlin on 24 March 1926.[1]


From retrospective reviews, Troy Howarth commented in his book Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era that the film was "a reasonably compelling psychological thriller" and that "Krauss is too old for the part, which requires the viewer to believe that he's married to a childhood sweetheart easily 20 years younger than he is."[2]


  1. "Geheimnisse einer Seele" (in German). Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  2. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 304. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
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