Police officer Tom Wilkins is a man of a thousand disguises and masks. He is on the trail of a gang of jewel thieves, who carry out their crimes in Cologne dressed as beggars. Events take a decisive turn when a policeman disguised as a beggar is murdered in the shadow of Cologne Cathedral. The double DVD presents a new, digitally restored version of Rolf Randolf’s silent film Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom (1927). It is showcased with two new music accompaniments: as orchestra music by Pierre Oser, commissioned and performed by the WDR-Rundfunkorchester; and as a recording of a live improvisation by Günter A. Buchwald during the 2010 Internationalen Stummfilmtagen (International Silent Film Festival) in Bonn. The DVD also includes the first Cologne films by the Lumière brothers, advertising and documentary films, as well as weekly newsreels on the city of Cologne from the silent film era.
Digitally restored version of the silent film with two new music accompaniments (Pierre Oser, Günter A. Buchwald)
Extras: The first Cologne films by the Lumière brothers, advertising and documentary films, as well as weekly newsreels on the city of Cologne, all from the silent film era