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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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"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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The Student Of Prague (1926) ***, 14 April 2005
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is a more elaborate, lavish and altogether satisfactory version of the above, with Conrad Veidt perfectly cast in the lead and with Werner Krauss also making for a menacing Scapinelli. The expressionistic elements are well in evidence here (director Henrik Galeen had written Murnau's NOSFERATU [1922] and, stylistically, the film does bear some resemblance to it): while not quite reaching the heights of, say, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) and NOSFERATU itself, it's very much deserving of the reputation it enjoys in the horror film genre and, despite the shoddy print quality of the Alpha DVD, replete with missing frames (where are Kino when you need them?), I'm truly glad I was given an opportunity to watch this elusive classic from the Silent era after having read so much about it since childhood! Let's hope now that another highly-regarded (and much-filmed) Conrad Veidt vehicle, THE HANDS OF ORLAC (1925), also gets a DVD release soon...

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