The Student of Prague (1935)
"Der Student von Prag" (original title)

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Prague in the 1860s: Balduin is a popular, handsome student, the best fencer in town, in amicable rivalry with his friend Dahl for the affections of Lydia, the innkeeper's niece. While the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Anton Walbrook ...
Balduin (as Adolf Wohlbrück)
Theodor Loos ...
Dorothea Wieck ...
Erich Fiedler ...
Baron Waldis
Edna Greyff ...
Karl Hellmer ...
Volker von Collande ...
Fritz Genschow ...
Elsa Wagner ...
Miliza Korjus ...
Julia (singing voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurt Getke
Fred Goebel
Kurt Herfuth
Heinz Herkommer
Franz List


Prague in the 1860s: Balduin is a popular, handsome student, the best fencer in town, in amicable rivalry with his friend Dahl for the affections of Lydia, the innkeeper's niece. While the students are celebrating Lydia's birthday, the opera singer Julia Stella arrives at the inn - and Balduin's life begins to unravel. He is immediately infatuated with the glamorous singer - but she is already kept by an admirer, the wealthy and foppish Baron Waldis. How can a poor student hope to compete? The mysterious Dr. Carpis, who also has ties to Julia and is jealous of the Baron, intervenes. But the price will be higher than Balduin can ever imagine. He risks his sanity and his life - perhaps his very soul - haunted by his own reflection. Written by silverwhistle <>

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A Well Made Fantasy-Horror Film
5 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

This third version of THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE made in 1935 is pretty much faithful to the 1913 and 1926 versions except for some character and plot changes. The original story's premise is simple: A poor student (circa 1800's) named Balduin loves an aristocratic woman named Magrit but she's betrothed to Baron Waldis. Balduin signs a pact with Scapinelli who's interpreted to be the Devil in disguise by offering him 100,000 gold coins to woo the countess in exchange for anything in his room. Since Balduin as nothing of value, he figures what the hell and accepts the pact. Well that's what breaks loose when the stranger releases his reflection from a mirror and it's not too soon before the student's evil double makes his life a living hell by ruining his plans. The 1913 version starred Paul Wegener (1874-1948), best known for his GOLEM films, and you can watch a restored, tinted print on YouTube. The second version made in 1926 starred Conrad Veidt (1893-1943) as Balduin and Werner Krauss (1884-1959) as Scapinelli who has more to do here since Krauss became an important character actor since 1920's THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. This time Balduin is offered 600,000 florins, probably due to post-WW! inflation. This version has better production values and Veidt is shown more tormented by his mistake as only Veidt could do. Unfortunately there's only a terrible print shown on YouTube but you get the idea how good it would look given a proper restoration.

The 1935 version casts Adolf Wohlbruck (1896-1967), who was soon to become Anton Walbrook after he left Germany before his homosexuality and being half Jewish became a problem with the Nazis, as Balduin who's also a noted fencer as in previous versions. The character of the countess Margit is replaced with an opera singer named Julia played by Dorothea Wieck (1908-1986) best known as the teacher in 1931's MADCHEN IN UNIFORM. Her singing is dubbed by the opera singer Miliza Korjus (1909- 1980). Scapinelli becomes Dr. Carpis played by Theodor Loos (1883-1954), another well-known character actor who seems to be channeling Krauss. It's possible the villain Scapinelli's name was changed to Carpis because Germany didn't want to offend their fellow- Fascist friend Mussolini and his country. Carpis has more to do here than Scapinelli in earlier versions as he's now Julia's former lover who's jealous of the rich Baron, seen more as a fop here, and of Balduin's attention. When he shows up unexpectedly in her room and she asks where he came from, he answers with: "Where you are not... is Hell for me" making his character more figuratively a devil than literally as in the previous versions; later Balduin will call Carpis a "devil" in anger.

Carpis uses the Baron and Balduin to hurt Julia but this time there's no written contract with money and instead Balduin is given the power to make money by gambling. Instead of releasing Balduin's reflection, he imprisons Baldwin's good side, the "sentimental dreamer" inside the mirror by cloaking it to allow Balduin's bad side to take over. As in the earlier versions. both sides come face- to-face using camera tricks as his good side that escaped from the mirror silently pursues him to incense his actions while making him feel guilty with increasing madness. As in previous versions, when a duel prearranged to spare the Baron's life (not shown in other versions but only its aftermath) goes wrong, he's shunned by everyone. Balduin eventually realizes the extent of what he's become, and finally confronts his reflection in the mirror to free himself. Their final meeting is the film's highlight and one of Wohlbruck's best performances, and on a par with Veidt's baroque one.

THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE was the last film directed by Arthur Robison (1883-1935) who also directed 1923's Expressionistic classic WARNING SHADOWS that used no subtitles and let the story unfold through stunning imagery. There's some of that photography by Bruno Mondi (1903-1991) in STUDENT but not a lot because the Nazis mostly frowned on anything connected to the Weimar era when Mondi shot Fritz Lang's DESTINY (1921) also known as DER MUDE TOD and also 11 of Veit Harlan's films after STUDENT. Theo Mackeben's suspenseful Hollywood-style score gives the right menacing mood when needed; Mackeben ((1897-1953) was a versatile composer who also wrote operas. It's difficult to find contemporary reviews in English except for a mixed but mostly negative one from Graham Greene (1904-1991) who thought the film's allegory was "on the right side of imagination in an unimaginative industry" and praised Robison's trademark touches, "his slow decorative methods, the curious ballet-like quality he procured by the constant panning of his camera. But dull the film undoubtedly is: a curiosity, a relic of the classical German film of silent days.... The acting doesn't help" and he preferred Veidt's version. I heartily disagree about this STUDENT being dull and the acting not aiding the story, If you liked the previous versions, you should watch this one especially if you're a fan of Wohlbruck/Walbrook.

The story, photography, and Wohlbruck's performance will remind you of the 1949 English fantasy-horror film THE QUEEN OF SPADES where he plays a poor Russian soldier who sells his soul for financial gain and it's more than likely its director Thorold Dickenson remembered this STUDENT when he cast and made his film. For a Nazi-era film, STUDENT is free of propaganda and you can get a good copy with subtitles at:

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