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The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Orlacs Hände (original title)
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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Alexandra Sorina ...
Fritz Kortner ...
Nera
Carmen Cartellieri ...
Regine
Fritz Strassny ...
Vater Orlac
Paul Askonas ...
Diener
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Hans Homma ...
Dr. Serral
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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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This version is actually closer to the 1960s version in that Orlac's hands come from a man who has been framed for murder, Vasseur. See more »

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