Conrad Veidt – One of My Favourite Actors

Conrad Veidt

From murdering somnambulist to scheming SS officer, Conrad Veidt delivered an astounding range of roles at the very inception of modern cinema, through to the Halcyon Days of the Hollywood legends.  Three movies in particular stand out for me, and if for some reason you’ve never seen any of these, I highly recommend you rush out and acquire a copy.

  • Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) – innovative masterpiece of creeping psychological horror and murder (read post)
  • The Man Who Laughs (1928) – based on 19th century novel by Victor Hugo,  originally published under the French title L’Homme qui rit, a tragic story of cruelty, noble redemption, betrayal and tragedy. Conrad Veidt’s portrayal of the character(s) Gwynplaine / Lord Clancharlie formed the inspiration for Bob Kane’s vision of The Joker in Batman.
  • Casablanca (1942) – smooth, urbane and deadly, Conrad Veidt plays the role of Major Heinrich Strasser, determined to get his man before he escapes.

Classic Images of Conrad Veidt

Conrad Veidt - stunning black and white movie star photo

Conrad Veidt – stunning black and white photo

Sleepwalking Cesare – Conrad Veidt in Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Cesare – Conrad Veidt in Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine  Lord Clancharlie  in The Man Who Laughs - inspiration for Batman's The Joker

The Man Who Laughs (1928) inspiration for Joker

Conrad Veidt as Major Heinrich Strasser Casablanca

Major Heinrich Strasser in Casablanca (1942)

If you want to learn more about Conrad Veidt I highly recommend you check out the WordPress blog run by Monique Classique: http://conradveidt.wordpress.com

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