The film is astonishingly beautiful and is one of the best in the poetic romanticism genre. It's one of those rare films that has an atmosphere that is completely unique and totally mesmeric. An obsessive, intensely personal quality that is magical. The art direction for the AGFA color cinema photography was gorgeous. A lot of beautiful locations, beautiful gowns and a masquerade ball scene that is visually stunning. The Estonian-born Irene von Meyendorff is a woman from another planet and perfect in the role of Octavia, plus an amazingly beautiful woman. Director Veit Harlan once again surpasses himself!