The Boy in Blue (1919 film)

The Boy in Blue (German: Der Knabe in Blau and also known as Emerald of Death) is a 1919 silent German drama film directed by F. W. Murnau. It was Murnau's directorial debut. The film is now considered to be a lost film, though the Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses 35 small fragments ranging from two to eleven frames in length.[1][2]

The Boy in Blue
Directed byF. W. Murnau
Produced byErnst Hofmann
Written byEdda Ottershausen
StarringErnst Hofmann
CinematographyKarl Freund
Carl Hoffmann
Release date
  • July 1919 (1919-07)
Running time
54 minutes
CountryWeimar Republic
German intertitles

Thomas Gainsborough's painting The Blue Boy and Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray were inspirations for Murnau to create this film.[3]


See also


  1. "Der Knabe in Blau". Deutsche Kinemathek. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Boy in Blue". Silent Era. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  3. Bock, Hans-Michael (2009). Hans-Michael Bock, Tim Bergfelder (ed.). The concise Cinegraph: encyclopaedia of German cinema. Berghahn Books. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.

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