The Hands of Orlac

HANDS OF ORLAC is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism.

The Hands of Orlac

Directed by Robert Wiene

Year: 1924
Running Time: 110
Color Type: B&W
Country: Austria
Language: Silent with English intertitles
Genres: Silent, Horror, Cult
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The Hands of Orlac

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Conrad Veidt

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Directed by Robert Wiene


Reuniting the star and director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, THE HANDS OF ORLAC (Orlacs Hände) 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 a steady descent 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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