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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1 member found this review helpful Created almost 3 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!

Created over 3 years ago.

i love old movies the old clothes and action

0 of 4 members found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

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

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Created 3 months ago.

“Women fight for Conrad Veidt!” That was a tag used to promote a British film starring Veidt in the early 1930’s. The man best known for villainous roles—the proto-Gothic Cesare in “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, and the venomous Major Stasser in “Casablanca”—was also a distinctive leading man in many European films of the 20’s and 30’s. One of the highlights of “The Hands of Orlac” is Veidt’s performance. He radiates a unique screen charisma and sensuality…a sort of Valentino for the Bohemian set. He’s the perfect leading man in this wonderfully dark and expressionistic tale of murder and passion. Though not as well-known as “Caligari,” “The Hands of Orlac” is a creepy, yet captivating example of German Expressionism in the 1920’s.

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