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The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Orlacs Hände (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 4 June 1928 (USA)
A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

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Paul Orlac (as Veidt)
Alexandra Sorina ...
Yvonne Orlac (as Sorina)
Fritz Strassny ...
Der alle Orlac (as Strassny)
Paul Askonas ...
Der Diener (as Askonas)
Carmen Cartellieri ...
Regine (as Cartellieri)
Hans Homma ...
Dr. Serral (as Homma)
Fritz Kortner ...
Nera (as Kortner)
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Orlac is a world famous pianist. One day he is badly hurt in a big train wreck. He is in danger of losing both his hands so his wife begs the doctors to save them. They eventually manage to transplant his hands with those of another deceased person. After his recovery Orlac discovers that there is something seriously wrong with his new pair of hands -- it is as if they had a will of their own. But Orlac doesn't know that they actually belonged to a dangerous murderer. Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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Censorship boards in Germany and Austria forbade teenagers from seeing the film despite no mention of adult-only elements in their review of the film. See more »

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When Orlac reads a newspaper, the headlines are in German but the body in French. See more »

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In the opening credits, all cast members are billed by their last names only. See more »

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"These hellish hands can only play the Devils music"
2 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Previous writers have covered the plot of this film pretty comprehensively. My copy is poor, visually, but has a score made up of preludes and fugues, trio sonatas and chorale preludes by J.S Bach played on the organ and including, in the confrontation between Orlac and "Vasser", the Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV565).This has no connection with the plot of the film, but makes for a decent recital in its own right. This copy, from English Language Video, is made up of the best bits of three prints from various sources with renewed intertitles. This means that the tale seems to lack logic and continuity, however, enough remains to hold the interest and to point up the films origins in the expressionist school. Veidt's portrayal of Orlac's descent into near insanity occasionally draws on Cesare,the somnambulist of "Dr. Caligari" but the story does not have the depth or psychology of the wider impressionist canon. In all, a curiosity but little else, even for fans of Conrad Veidt.


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