The criticisms of the German-made motion pictures are almost uniformly favorable. Their plots, their art and their acting are quite unanimously praised. It is possible, however, that a film might be sent to us from Germany that would be written up in the following manner:
"A film of the highest artistic merit was shown at the Superb Glory theatre last night. We refer to the picture entitled 'Impudence' which, in Germany, was known as 'Donner und Blitzen.' There can be no doubt that our American producers have much to learn from our German friends in the art of motion picture making. In this film, 'Impudence,' which seems sure of a long run at the Superb Glory theatre, the greatest art is combined with the most excellent acting. The story deals with the love affairs of Anthony and Cleopatra.
"The story is taken from the novel, 'Donner und Blitzen,' written by Herr Julius Schwartz, engineer-in-chief of the 34th Prussian Flamenwerfer-brigade, who has to his credit twenty American doughboys burned to death. The scenario was written by Hauptmann Hans Schultz, late of the submarine U 453, who won well-deserved fame by sinking the American vessel Cape Henry, on which twenty-five American men and ten American women perished. The part of Cleopatra is taken by Frau Minna Gertz who, during the war, was connected with the German forces as a spy, and by her high patriotic labors betrayed three American officers and over eighty ordinary American soldiers into German hands. Rudolf Bunz makes an admirable Anthony, and his lively manner is what might be expected from him, since he was one of the German's best airplane men and brought down three American aviators during one afternoon. The balance of the cast is well peopled and it is with pleasure we note that every man in the cast has at least three American doughboys to his credit, while some have more.
"The rapturous applause that greeted the picture last night indicated that in 'Impudence' the German picture producers can hardly be surpassed."