The Boy in Blue (1919 film)

The Boy in Blue

Directed by F. W. Murnau
Produced by Ernst Hofmann
Written by Edda Ottershausen
Starring Ernst Hofmann
Cinematography Karl Freund
Carl Hoffmann
Release dates
  • July 1919 (1919-07)
Running time
54 minutes
Country Weimar Republic
Language Silent
German intertitles
comparison of Gainsborough's painting with the one in the film

The Boy in Blue (German: 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]

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 March 25, 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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