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Paul Wegener
Stellan Rye (co-director)
Hanns Heinz Ewers (story) and
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September 1913 (USA) See more »
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Grandfather of Horror Films, 12 November 1998
Author: Elliot-10 from New York

If "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is the father of all horror films (and of German expressionist cinema), this pre-WWI film is the grandfather. The titular student, starving in an empty garret, makes a deal with the Devil-- the Devil gives him a bottomless sack of gold, in exchange for "anything in this room." The Devil chooses the student's reflection in his mirror. He walks off with the student's doppelganger, who commits crimes for which the student is blamed.

The film is marred by some limitations arising out of the technically primitive state of 1913 filmmaking; the plot cries out for chiaroschuro effects, but the film is, of necessity, virtually all shot in shadowless daylight. But the scene where the reflection walks out of the mirror still packs a wallop.

More interesting for the trends it fortells than for its own sake, The Student of Prague is still worthwhile.

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