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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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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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The film was released in the United States over three years after its original release in Austria and Germany. An entire reel was edited out of the USA import version of the film, prompting a mixed critical reception in the country. 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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Hands of Orlac, restored
24 August 2011 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This is not a great movie, I admit. Certainly the acting is bizarre (though often moving) and the rhythm takes getting used to. But I thought I would put in a good word based on a recent viewing experience. I am not rating it high but I really enjoyed it a lot.

6 or 7 years ago I went on a Conrad Veidt spree and bought copies of some his silents from an ebay seller/devotee. The quality varied and I recall that he particularly apologized for this item, which was barely viewable. All you could really see was Veidt's face... The other night TCM showed the Kino restoration and I sat down to see the film "for real." It was a pleasure to be able to take in the wonderful decors and costumes, and to get a relatively coherent version of the plot. The train wreck scene is stirring. And Veidt's face, again, as he progresses from sensitive soul to tormented monstrosity... In short, it was very rewarding.


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