Decla (Germany)

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Background: Born around 1919 as a German branch of the French company Decla Éclair, it merged with German Bioscop to form Decla Bioscop, which eventually was bought by UFA and acted as a subsidiary of the late company. Nowadays, it's known as Studio Babelsberg.


Decla (Germany, 1920)Nicknames: "Offended Eagle"

Logo: On a black background, an
blue outlined eagle comes flying from the right along with five forms, which turn to be letters. As the blue colored letters "EDCLA" take their place at the bottom of the screen, the eagle lands between the "L" and the "A". Then it takes the "D" and places it its correct position, as the "E" moves to the right and morphs into a goblin-like form, which thumbs its nose to the eagle, but the eagle grabs it with its beak. The image then jarringly cuts (possibly due to the video shown not being complete).

FX/SFX: The eagle, the letters.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Fairly scarce. Can be found on European DVD prints of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Editor's Note: None.