WorldCat Identities

Struss, Karl 1886-1981

Works: 200 works in 423 publications in 7 languages and 6,274 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  History  Silent films  Parodies, imitations, etc  Horror films  Historical films  Mad scientist films  Biography 
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 )

34 editions published between 1940 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaplin's satire targeting Hitler, Mussolini, Goebbels and Goering in an assortment of thinly disguised characters. A Jewish barber suffering from amnesia tries to escape a dictatorship, only to be mistaken for the dictator Adenoid Hynkel on the eve of the invasion of Austria. While this was Chaplin's first complete 'talkie', he still relied heavily on wordless action to get his message across
Sunrise : a song of two humans by F. W Murnau( Visual )

19 editions published between 1927 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A naive country man falls for a cold-blooded city woman who persuades him to drown his wife in order to be with her
Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judah Ben-Hur is a young Jewish nobleman from a prominent who is reunited with his childhood friend Messala. Messala returns to Judea as a Roman tribune. There is a genuine friendship between the two men, yet the clash of their cultures drives a wedge between them. That wedge finally drives Messala to banish Judah to the slave galleys and sends his mother and his sister to prison. From that point forward, Judah's life becomes a quest: a quest to survive and a quest for vengeance. Judah survives the galleys to become the adopted son of a Roman general, and his triumphant return to Judea permits him to challenge and subsequently confront Messala in a chariot race
Island of lost souls( Visual )

5 editions published between 1932 and 2011 in English and held by 589 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
Five American cinematographers : interviews with Karl Struss, Joseph Ruttenberg, James Wong Howe, Linwood Dunn, and William H. Clothier by Scott Eyman( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cecil B. DeMille collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 236 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
Limelight( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer/director's most touching films. Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat. A glimmer of hope arrives when he meets a beautiful but melancholy ballerina who lives downstairs
Abraham Lincoln by D. W Griffith( Visual )

13 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 216 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 118 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
Four frightened people by Cecil B DeMille( Visual )

4 editions published between 1934 and 2011 in English and held by 114 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
Sparrows by William Beaudine( Visual )

5 editions published between 1926 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Pickford as the oldest orphan being looked after by the very mean Mr. Grimes devices a way to make life better for herself and the others in his care
The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Visual )

4 editions published between 1929 and 2011 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Shakespeare's classic farce about a wealthy merchant of Padua who announces he will not allow the marriage of his youngest daughter, Bianca, until her sister Katherine is wed even though the latter is shunned by all because of her shrewish behavior. Petrucio (Douglas Fairbanks) steps in to tame the shrew but can he?"--Container
Rhythm on the range( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1st movie: Bing Crosby plays a champion rodeo rider who discovers a runaway heiress hiding out in his boxcar heading out West. Includes the song 'I'm an old cowhand'
Coquette : a drama of the American south by Johannes Vermeer( Visual )

3 editions published between 1929 and 1993 in English and held by 66 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
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian( Visual )

13 editions published between 1931 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 61 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
Limelight by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

20 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 61 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
The Affairs of Anatol by Cecil B DeMille( 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'
The great dictator Le dictateur by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 49 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."
Der große Diktator by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

9 editions published between 1100 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chaplin als unbedarfter, jüdischer Friseur wird mit dem Diktator äHynkelä - einer grotesk verzerrten Karikatur Hitlers - verwechselt
Two nights with Cleopatra( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 35 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
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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