The Hands of Orlac (1924)
"Orlacs Hände" (original title)

 |  Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  4 June 1928 (USA)
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A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.



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Credited cast:
Alexandra Sorina ...
Fritz Kortner ...
Carmen Cartellieri ...
Fritz Strassny ...
Vater Orlac
Paul Askonas ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans Homma ...
Dr. Serral


Orlac, affermato pianista, perde le mani in un grave incidente. I medici decidono allora di trapiantargli le mani di un assassino condannato a morte. L'operazione riesce perfettamente, ma, da quel momento, una serie di strani omicidi, generalmente commessi a mezzo dello strangolamento delle vittime, vengono commessi e la polizia, che inizialmente brancola nel buio, comincia a sospettare del pianista. Alla fine si scopre che il colpevole era, invece, da tutt'altra parte. Written by rosebud6

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Commercially and critically successful upon release, the film continues to be one of the most critically-acclaimed Austrian-produced films. See more »


When Orlac reads a newspaper, the headlines are in German but the body in French. See more »


Referenced in The Hole (2009) See more »

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A dark and suspenseful chiller
4 February 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

One of the real classics of Expressionism -- even the Americans think so, to judge from the fact that they've remade it (badly) several times. To be sure, the premise won't stand examination (but then, it's horror), and a modern viewer may find it hard to adjust to the actors' Expressionist grimacing. However, the movie is consistently suspenseful due to its heavy dark atmosphere and communication of mental torment. The fear of one's own body is a dynamite theme if it's as well presented as it is here.

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