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The Student of Prague (1913)

Der Student von Prag (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | September 1913 (USA)
Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a ... See full summary »

Directors:

Paul Wegener, Stellan Rye (co-director)

Writers:

Hanns Heinz Ewers (story), Hanns Heinz Ewers (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Wegener ... Balduin, a Student
Grete Berger ... Countess Margit von Schwarzenberg
Lyda Salmonova ... Lyduschka, a Gypsy Girl (as L. Salmonowa)
John Gottowt ... Scapinelli, an Old Sorcerer
Lothar Körner Lothar Körner ... Count von Schwarzenberg, Margit's Father
Fritz Weidemann Fritz Weidemann ... Baron Waldis-Schwarzenberg, Margit's Cousin, betrothed
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Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a hideous, shriveled-up old man taps him upon the shoulder and whispers vaguely of a big inheritance for Prague's finest swordsman and wildest student if he will enter into a certain agreement. Balduin rebuffs him, satirically asking his weird companion to procure him "the luckiest ticket in a lottery or a doweried wife." The old man goes off chuckling and thence onward persistently shadows Balduin, exerting a sinister influence over him, while Balduin is still disconsolate under the frowns of fortune. The Countess Margit Schwarzenberg, hunting with her cousin, to whom her father has betrothed her, meets with an accident. She is thrown over her horse's head into a river, but Balduin, who has been directed to the spot by his evil genius, plunges in and rescues her. Subsequently Balduin calls to inquire as ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

September 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bargain with Satan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Bioscop GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Alpha Video) | (restored) | (English Language Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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This is sometimes considered to be the first horror film ever made. See more »

Quotes

Balduin, a Student: Ruined am I! Procure for me the luckiest ticket in the lottery or a dowered wife.
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Version of Spirits of the Dead (1968) See more »

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tale of a double, a devil, and a countess
16 November 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This early version of the tale 'The Student of Prague' was made in Germany in 1913, starring Paul Wegener (who was also in 'The Golem' a few years later). In this film he plays a dual role (technically impressive for a 95 year old film to see them in the same shot) after meeting a mysterious old man who makes a pact with him for gold - the gold he needs to woo a countess he's previously saved from drowning.

Moving at a fast pace (the film runs just over an hour) and fairly well written and characterised, 'The Student of Prague' has echoes of the Faust legend as well as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, starting as it does with a pact with a mysterious figure of potential evil, and developing into good and evil sides of the same person.


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