The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1918 film)

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (German: Der Rattenfänger von Hameln) is a 1918 German silent drama film directed by and starring Paul Wegener and also featuring Lyda Salmonova and Wilhelm Diegelmann.[1] It is based on the legendary story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin
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Directed byPaul Wegener
Produced byPaul Davidson
Written byPaul Wegener
StarringPaul Wegener
Lyda Salmonova
Wilhelm Diegelmann
CinematographyFrederik Fuglsang
Distributed byUFA
Release date
19 December 1918
Running time
64 minutes
German intertitles

It was shot at the Tempelhof Studios and on location around Bautzen and Hildesheim. The film's sets were designed by the art director Rochus Gliese. The animator Lotte Reiniger worked on the design of the film's intertitles.

It premièred at the Union-Theater am Nollendorfplatz on 19 December 1918.[2]



  1. ^ Kreimeier p.44
  2. ^ Der Rattenfänger Retrieved 25 April 2019.


  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. University of California Press, 1999.

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