Undine (film)


Film poster
Directed by Henry Otto
Produced by Henry Otto
Written by Walter Woods
Based on Undine
by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
Starring Ida Schnall
Douglas Gerrard
Cinematography Fred Granville
Distributed by Bluebird Photoplays
Release dates
  • February 7, 1916 (1916-02-07)
Running time
50 minutes (5 reels)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Undine is a 1916 American silent fantasy drama film which featured actress/athlete Ida Schnall in a water-themed story based upon the fairy tale Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque.[1] The film was directed by Henry Otto and produced and distributed by the Bluebird Photoplays division of Universal Film Manufacturing Company.[2] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[3]



Location scenes of Undine were filmed at Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands of California.[4]


One critic suggested that a better title would have been Undressed due to Schnall's lack of clothing in the film.[5] Another stated, "No one really cared much about the plot of Undine: It was enough that sylphlike Ida Schnall showed up from time to time in various stages of near nudity."[6]

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  1. "LOC Newspapers". Corpus Christi Caller and Daily Herald. March 10, 1916. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  2. "Undine (1916)". TCM. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Undine at silentera.com
  4. "Water Nymphs and Undine". Film Players Herald and Movie Pictorial. Chicago: Photoplaywrights Association of America. 2 (6): 5. February 1916.
  5. Langman, Larry (1998). American Film Cycles: The Silent Era. Biographies and Indexes in the Performing Arts. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 213. ISBN 0-313-30657-5. ISSN 0742-6933.
  6. Thorn, John (2012). Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game. New York City: Simon and Schuster. pp. 348 (note 292). ISBN 978-0-7432-9404-1.

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