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4 June 1928 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (Credited cast)

Conrad Veidt ... Paul Orlac (as Veidt)
Alexandra Sorina ... Yvonne Orlac (as Sorina)
Fritz Strassny ... Der alle Orlac (as Strassny)
Paul Askonas ... Der Diener (as Askonas)
Carmen Cartellieri ... Regine (as Cartellieri)
Hans Homma ... Dr. Serral (as Homma)
Fritz Kortner ... Nera (as Kortner)
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Also Known As:
"Orlacs Hände" - Austria (original title)
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92 min | Germany:90 min | 113 min (restored DVD version) | 105 min (2013 restored version) (20 fps)
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Did You Know?

Commercially and critically successful upon release, the film continues to be one of the most critically-acclaimed Austrian-produced films.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Orlac reads a newspaper, the headlines are in German but the body in French.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The History of the Hands (2016)See more »

10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Atmosphere before all else, 23 December 2001
Author: Dorian Willems from Gent Belgium

I saw Orlacs Hände at the Ghent filmfestival this year with a live score. I must say I thought it was very good, although I didn't agree with the new score all the time... The story is both simple and ridiculous (like any good scare movie): A world renown pianist loses his hands in a trainaccident and gets a transplant from a convicted criminal. The hands of course take over or do they. This film does not excell in great acting or storytelling but more in the subtle building of an atmosphere that becomes so haunting that it nearly becomes unbearable. If you like horror movies from the silent age, without blood or gore but with loads of atmosphere, then this is an absolute must-see.

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