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Paul Wegener
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A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Paul Wegener 
Stellan Rye (co-director)
Writing credits
Hanns Heinz Ewers  story and
Hanns Heinz Ewers  adaptation supervision

Alfred de Musset (quotation)

Produced by
Paul Wegener .... producer
Original Music by
Josef Weiss 
Cinematography by
Guido Seeber 
Production Design by
Robert A. Dietrich 
Klaus Richter 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stellan Rye .... assistant director
Special Effects by
Guido Seeber .... special effects

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Also Known As:
"Der Student von Prag" - Germany (original title)
"A Bargain with Satan" - USA
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41 min (Alpha Video) | 83 min (restored version) | Germany:85 min | UK:75 min (English Language Version)
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
early silent horror film entertains, but was improved upon by its (also silent) remake, 5 June 2005
Author: FieCrier from Upstate New York

I watched Alpha's DVD of this, which was only about forty-one minutes long. I don't know if it was missing scenes, or run at a faster speed, or what, to account for the difference from the running time IMDb has. As with Alpha's DVD of the remake, I didn't particularly care for the musical score they'd added. I think it's possible they also missed some of the intertitles; one of the other users mentions something Balduin says after his reflection is taken that wasn't in the copy I viewed.

A renowned fencer asks a man named Scapinelli to procure him a winning lottery ticket, or a woman with a large dowry. The opening credits indicate Scapinelli is a sorcerer; he isn't used much in this film, and we don't know really anything about him when we first meet him, or what relationship Balduin has with him. In the remake, Balduin doesn't ask for those things, just wishes for a rich woman (not expecting the wish to come true), and Scapinelli promises to deliver.

A rich woman who is riding horses with her fiancé (also her first cousin) falls off her horse into a body of water, and Balduin saves her. In the remake, it's clear that Scapinelli guides her horse to Balduin and then causes the horse to act wildly, until Balduin scoops her off it. Here, it's unclear that Scapinelli had anything to do with it.

There are many scenes here that are reproduced in the sequel. Possibly even some of the same camera shots are copied.

The ending is not as powerful as the ending of the sequel. Still, this was interesting to watch and at the price of Alpha's DVDs, a bargain. Perhaps a better edition will come out sometime in the future.

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