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Struss, Karl 1886-1981

Works: 177 works in 407 publications in 7 languages and 5,991 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Comedy films  Historical films  Action and adventure films  Religious films  Epic films  Silent films  Horror films 
Roles: Cinematographer , Photographer, Author, Illustrator, Videographer , Other, Interviewee
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Karl Struss
The great dictator by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

33 editions published between 1940 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomainian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him."
Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ by William Wyler( Visual )

4 editions published between 1924 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'odissea dell'ebreo Ben Hur: imprigionato sulle galee romane, liberato dopo aver salvato la vita al comandante Arrio, spinto dallo sceicco Ilderim a sfidare alla corsa delle bighe il suo nemico Messala e finalmente tornato in Terra Santa, dove diventa cristiano e ritrova l'amata Esther. (Mereghetti)
Sunrise : a song of two humans by F. W Murnau( Visual )

18 editions published between 1927 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sunrise, a psychological thriller from the silent movie era, begins when the pleasant and peaceful life of a naive country man is turned upside down when he falls for a cold-blooded yet seductive woman from the city. She persuades him to drown his virtuous wife in order to be with her. This is one of the most moving stories ever told on screen - a tale of temptation, reconciliation, reconsecration and redemption, told with a lyrical simplicity that gives it the timeless universality of a fable
Island of lost souls( Visual )

8 editions published between 1932 and 2016 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mad doctor conducts ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor who finds himself trapped there
Limelight by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

31 editions published between 1951 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En rentrant un soir chez lui, l'ancien artiste de music-hall Calvero découvre sa jeune voisine danseuse à demi-morte. Déçue par la vie, Terry a tenté de mettre fin à ses jours. Une amitié se noue alors entre les deux artistes. Calvero, hanté la nuit par des rêves de gloire passée, prend Terry sous son aile, la soigne et l'encourage à reprendre la danse ... porté par des dialogues et par des scènes de spectacles magiques, Chaplin signe une oeuvre bouleversante. Le duo Charles Chaplin avec l'autre monstre sacré du muet, Buster Keaton est fascinant
Five American cinematographers : interviews with Karl Struss, Joseph Ruttenberg, James Wong Howe, Linwood Dunn, and William H. Clothier by Scott Eyman( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cecil B. DeMille collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Experience the breathtaking dangers and delights of ancient Rome in The sign of the cross; trek through a perilous jungle with Four frightened people; thrill to the passion, suspense and intrigue of Cleopatra; journey back in time with the glorious story of The crusades; and see how the West was really won in the explosive Union Pacific."--Container
Abraham Lincoln by D. W Griffith( Visual )

13 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln: An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States focusing on Lincoln's personal tragedies as well as his great accomplishments
The sign of the cross by Cecil B DeMille( Visual )

4 editions published between 1932 and 2006 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the year 64 C.E., the corrupt and maniacal Emperor Nero torches Rome, and is advised to blame the ensuing destruction on the unsuspecting Christians. Meanwhile, Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus falls for an innocent and beautiful Christian maiden, Mercia. When the seductive and wicked Empress, Poppaea, learns that she has a rival for Marcus' affections, she conspires to send all Christians to a chilling death
Sparrows by William Beaudine( Visual )

5 editions published between 1926 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Gothic suspense drama based on 1920's newspaper reports of the events portrayed. In the backwoods, the operation of a baby-farm, where unwanted or lost children are held, is hidden deep in the Southern swamps. When the police close in to rescue a kidnapped two-year-old, the eldest of the children, Mollie, attemps to lead them to safety
Four frightened people( Visual )

3 editions published between 1934 and 2011 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four castaways embark on a journey beyond their wildest dreams in this glorious romantic adventure. When deadly bubonic plague breaks out on a coastal steamer, four passengers steal a lifeboat and set out on a mission of survival. They land on a remote Malayan island and soon shed all trappings of their former selves. But when the native guide is suddenly murdered, they find themselves at the mercy of hostile islanders and must use their newfound survival skills if they are going to escape a terrible fate --Container
Coquette : a drama of the American south by Johannes Vermeer( Visual )

3 editions published between 1929 and 1993 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Norma Besant, daughter of a Southern doctor, is an incorrigible flirt and has many boys on her string. She begins to favor Michael Jeffrey, who, shiftless and hot-tempered but fundamentally honorable, is warned off by her father. When Michael returns after a long absence, the pair are innocently compromised, and Dr. Besant's old-South paternal rage brings tragedy
Rhythm on the range( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2nd movie: The story of a composer of hit songs who is in demand by the people who produce musical shows. His work is actually done by ghostwriters (Crosby and Martin) who try to break loose on their own
The Affairs of Anatol( Visual )

5 editions published between 1921 and 2000 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This tale about a hypocritical New York sophisticate, Anatol De Witt Spencer, was freely adapted from Schnitzler's play. His marriage is tested by his 'philandering', culminating in his encounter with Satan Synne, 'the world's wickedest woman', which only serves to confirm Anatol's inability to face the truth about himself and 'the ways of women'. The front-on compositions, colour tinted and filmed in Art Nouveau-designed sets are, in the words of Charles Higham, 'like a series of Beardsley illustrations to Oscar Wilde'
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by John S Robertson( Visual )

13 editions published between 1931 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a vision of London rendered strikingly atmospheric by Karl Struss' chiaroscuro, this is widely regarded as the best of the film adaptations of Stevenson's novella. Jekyll, arrogant in his god-like presumption, is nevertheless presented as having his natural sexual need frustrated by social convention. Mamoulian said that he was more interested in the conflict between nature and civilization than between good and evil. Far from representing a liberation of Jekyll's sexuality, Hyde is a product of its repression. Although made prior to the tightening of the production code, Mamoulian's film was subsequently heavily cut by Paramount and has circulated for many years in shortened form
Der große Diktator( Visual )

9 editions published between 1100 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die USA waren noch nicht in den Zweiten Weltkrieg eingetreten, als Chaplin sich bereits mit seiner Comedy-Munition auf den "Führer" einschoss: In seiner Doppelrolle spielt er sowohl den an Hitler angelehnten Adenoid Hynkel als auch einen jüdischen Friseur, der dem irren Tyrannen wie ein Zwilling gleicht. Mit Wortspielen, optischen Gags und Slapstick nimmt Chaplin den Faschismus aufs Korn, stellt aber seinen Attacken auch ergreifende Szenen im von Sturmtruppen terrorisierten Ghetto gegenüber. Zu den unvergesslichen Momenten zählen Hynkels machttrunkener Tanz mit dem Globus, der Kopfüber-Flug sowie Hynkel und Jack Oakie als Mussolini-Alter-Ego, die beide wie wahnsinnig ihre Friseurstühle höher kurbeln
Two nights with Cleopatra( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Each night, Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, gives herself to the officer who guards her door -- the following day she has him poisoned. For this reason no one wants to do guard duty anymore, but Cesarino, a naive officer who has just arrived from abroad, considers the assignment an honor. That night Cleopatra leaves her quarters and has a slave girl take her place."--Container
Sunrise a song of two humans = L'aurore by F. W Murnau( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belle of the nineties by Leo McCarey( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tiger Kid is an up-and-coming boxer who's concentrating on the wrong kind of "knockout"--The electrifying Ruby Carter (West). When Tiger's manager tricks Ruby into leaving town, she travels to New Orleans to headline with Duke Ellington and his orchestra at Ace Lamont's Sensation House. But Ace has eyes for Ruby's diamonds and plots a robbery. As always, Mae outsmarts her adversaries and proves she has no intention of losing her jewels, or her man
The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Visual )

2 editions published between 1929 and 2011 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taming of the shrew: Set in Padua, Italy, the story is a battle of the sexes between Katherine, a beautiful but headstrong woman, and Petruchio, a young man who has arrived with the intention of finding a wife. Kate's father will not allow his younger, more agreeable daughter Bianca to marry until his older daughter is wed, and Petruchio is convinced to try taming the shrew
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ
Alternative Names
Karl Struss

Karl Struss Amerikaans director of photography (1886-1981)

Karl Struss direttore della fotografia e fotografo statunitense

Karl Struss US-amerikanischer Fotograf und Kameramann

Strauss, Karl

Struss, Karl F.

Struss, Karl Fischer

Καρλ Στρους Αμερικανός φωτογράφος και κινηματογραφιστής

Карл Страсс

Карл Щрус американски кинематограф

קרל שטרוס

كارل ستراس

کارل استراس


Coquette : a drama of the American south