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26 December 1926 (Sweden) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Conrad Veidt ... Balduin, ein Student
Elizza La Porta ... Liduschka, Blumenmädchen (as Elizza la Porta)
Fritz Alberti ... Graf Schwarzenberg
Ágnes Eszterházy ... Comtesse Margit, seine Tochter (as Agnes Esterhazy)
Ferdinand von Alten ... Baron Waldis-Schwarzenberg, Margits Vetter und Verlobter

Werner Krauss ... Scapinelli, Wucherer
Erich Kober ... Student
Max Maximilian ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marian Alma ... (uncredited)
Adolf Peter Hoffmann ... (uncredited)
Sylvia Torf ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Henrik Galeen 
Writing credits
Hanns Heinz Ewers (novel of the same name)

Henrik Galeen (book)

Produced by
Harry R. Sokal .... producer (as H. R. Sokal)
Original Music by
Willy Schmidt-Gentner 
Cinematography by
Günther Krampf 
Erich Nitzschmann (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hermann Warm 
Production Management
Max Maximilian .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erich Kober .... assistant director

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Also Known As:
"Der Student von Prag" - Germany (original title)
"The Student of Prague" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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91 min (DVD) | 110 min (20 fps)
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Decent Remake, 29 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Student of Prague, The (1926)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

German horror/drama is a remake of the 1914 version, which was the first German horror film. A poor college student (Conrad Veidt) falls in love with a rich girl but knows he'll never get her due to his poorness. Then enters Scapinelli (Werner Krauss), a strange man who offers the student 600,000 gold pieces in return for something from the students room. The student agrees but is shocked when the man takes his soul. Outside the good performances by Veidt and Krauss, this film really doesn't add too much that the 1914 film didn't do better. This film here runs fifty-minutes longer but the tiresome pace doesn't help matters and even the special effects were better done in the previous version.

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