The Woman on the Rack

The Woman on the Rack (German: Die Frau auf der Folter) is a 1928 German silent drama film directed by Robert Wiene and starring Lili Damita, Vladimir Gajdarov and Johannes Riemann. It was also known by the alternative title A Scandal in Paris.[1] It was based on a British play by Edward Hemmerde and Francis Neilson. The wife of a British aristocratic politician, who is neglected by her husband, resists an attempt to break them up. When her husband discovers what he mistakenly believes to be a dalliance with another man he begins divorce proceedings. Eventually the truth comes out and the couple reconcile.[2] The film was not considered one of Wiene's greatest achievements, but he was praised for directing with his usual competence while Damita's performance as Lady Admaston was hailed.[3]

The Woman on the Rack
Directed byRobert Wiene
Produced byHermann Fellner
Josef Somlo
Written byEdward Hemmerde (play)
Francis Neilson (play)
Arthur Bárdos
StarringLili Damita
Vladimir Gajdarov
Johannes Riemann
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Bruno Timm
Distributed byDeutsche Fox
Release date
13 September 1928
German intertitles


In alphabetical order


  1. Jung & Schatzberg p.152
  2. Jung & Schatzberg p.145
  3. Jung & Schatzberg p.145-146


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

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