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Clothes Make the Man (1921 film)

Clothes Make the Man
GermanKleider machen Leute
Directed byHans Steinhoff
Written byHans Steinhoff
StarringHermann Thimig
Dora Kaiser
Hugo Thimig
CinematographyAnton Pucher
Release date
  • 29 December 1921 (1921-12-29)
German intertitles

Clothes Make the Man (German: Kleider machen Leute) is a 1921 Austrian-German silent film based on the 1874 novella by Gottfried Keller, directed by Hans Steinhoff and starring Hermann Thimig, Dora Kaiser and Hugo Thimig.[1]


  • Hermann Thimig as Jaro Sprapinsky
  • Dora Kaiser as Nettchen
  • Hugo Thimig as Wirt zur goldenen Waage
  • Thea Oesey as Erika
  • Wilhelm Schmidt as Melchior Böhnli
  • Franz Kammauf as bailiff
  • Cornelius Kirschner as pastor
  • Eugen Guenther as pharmacist
  • Fritz Strassny as professor
  • Josef Moser as notary
  • Victor Kutschera as beggar
  • Hans Thimig as fool


Writing for the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung E. K. commented: "Hans Steinhoff leads an excellent stylistically true and artistically extremely commendable artistic direction, which really conjures back a 'happier' Biedermeier time and knows how to find amusing and trusting motifs. It's an absolutely German game with all the familiar beauty we love about Gottfried Keller. In the sometimes simple, undemanding way, Steinhoff's direction is reminiscent of Lang's Tired Death. A great success of Ufa".[2]

See also


  1. ^ Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. New York: Berghahn Books. p. 474. ISBN 1571816550. JSTOR j.ctt1x76dm6.
  2. ^ Kleider machen Leute

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