The Hands of Orlac


also known as: Orlacs Hande

directed by Robert Wiene, 113 minutes

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Reuniting the star and director of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, THE HANDS OF ORLAC is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism. Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt) whose hands are amputated after a train crash and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac's father is murdered by the dead man's hands, Orlac begins to steadily descend toward madness. Produced in Vienna, the hotbed of psychoanalysis, THE HANDS OF ORLAC is writhing with sexual innuendo and Freudian imagery.

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Created about 3 years ago.

i love old movies the old clothes and action

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Created over 2 years ago.

Haven't finished watching this but if The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with practically the same cast and crew s a 5 star film (well actually on this scale its a 10 star), the Orlac is a definite 4. The train scenes are classic examples of German Expressionist lighting!

0 of 2 members found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

I don't watch Silent films.............

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