The Robber Symphony

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

One of the most bizarre movies in the history of cinema, THE ROBBER SYMPHONY stars Feher as a young piano player who gets involved with a gang of burglars after they stash stolen money in his piano. Feher's mother (played by Feher's real-life wife, Sonja) is arrested when she is mistakenly believed to be a gang member. Feher flees across the snowy mountains...read more

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One of the most bizarre movies in the history of cinema, THE ROBBER SYMPHONY stars Feher as a young piano player who gets involved with a gang of burglars after they stash stolen money in his piano. Feher's mother (played by Feher's real-life wife, Sonja) is arrested when she is mistakenly

believed to be a gang member. Feher flees across the snowy mountains with the burglars' cash, but after a long pursuit, the gang is arrested. All of this, however, is conveyed with a minimum of dialog. Instead, Feher (who also wrote and directed) relies on music, establishing a comic pace that is

based in his rhythmic approach to editing. Billed as "The First Surrealistic Picture" (America was obviously behind the times and had missed UN CHIEN ANDALOU and L'AGE D'OR), THE ROBBER SYMPHONY most definitely is rooted in surrealism, with the film's musicians playing in the background. Produced

by Weine and directed by Feher, this interesting picture does recall THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, in which both had appeared some 16 years earlier. Feher made this picture after being forced from his native Germany because of his Jewish ancestry. He later ventured to the US, where he soon faded

from the public eye, dying in Hollywood in 1945.

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