Conrad Veidt — My Life

Rappaport’s new fictional autobiography (The Double Life of Paul Henreid; Chris Olsen – The Boy Who Cried, IndieLisboa 2018) is about the German actor Conrad Veidt. When we think of Veidt, the first image that comes to mind is of the somnambulist Cesare, in Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920). However, Veidt had a career until the end of silent film and in the talkies he tried to free himself from the stereotype of the German villain.


Sometimes cinephilia is finding someone we didn’t expect, while watching a film before sleep. In this case, it was the actress Anna Sten, star of Russian silent film, that appears before Rappaport’s eyes, years later, in a 50’s film by Edward Dmytryk.

America’s Grandpa

Blacklisted gay communist 1940’s character actor Will Geer became Grandpa Walton in the hit series “The Waltons”. How so?

The Double Life of Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid is most famous for his roles in Casablanca. He became a star at Warner Brothers during World War II, as the exotic lead. After the war, his contract was cancelled and he was left to his own devices. He continued acting and also began producing and directing.

The Empty Screen

The screen is a neutral element in the film-going experience. Or is it? It projects dreams but it is also the receptacle of our dreams. And does it also watch the audience at the same time? Cinema as a two way street.

Private Screenings

The screening room used to be a microcosm of a larger world, filled with churning emotions and explosive temperaments. Welcome to the comfortable world of the private screening rooms where what is on the screen pales in comparison to what happens among the viewers.

Chris Olsen – The Boy Who Cried

Chris Olsen appeared in films by some of the best directors of the fifties. Even though he never became a famous child actor, he was in a handful of the most iconic fifties movies. He “retired” at the age of ten.The Boy Who Criedis part of Rappaport’s series of fictional autobiographies.

Serguei / Sir Gay

A fictitious auto-biography by Sergei/Sir Gay Eisenstein: his films and sexual desires.

Tati vs Bresson: The Gag

Jacques Tati and Robert Bresson were very different directors, yet the way they structure a scene is very similar.