10 September 2012 5:58 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

Based on Maurice Renard’s 1920 novel Les Mains d’Orlac this earliest film version directed by Robert Wiene (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari {1920}), though technically Austrian is a superb example of German Expressionism in the silent era of film.

Paul Orlac (Conrad Veidt) is a young and gifted pianist.  Returning home from a concert, Orlac is badly injured in a train wreck.  Orlac’s devoted wife Yvonne (Alexandra Sorina) begs Dr. Serral (Hans Homma) to save the pianist’s hands.  Serral removes the hands from the corpse of a recently executed robber/murderer and replaces Orlac’s hands, which were damaged beyond repair.  Serral does not tell Orlac of the transplant surgery, but he finds out anyway. 

Orlac returns home but his demeanor has changed.  He is in despair over the state of his hands and is afraid to touch his own wife.  Over the »

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