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Mandragore (1952)
"Alraune" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  February 1957 (USA)
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A scientist creates a beautiful "perfect woman", but since she is artificial, she seems soul-less and with no sense of morality, she brings ruin to all around her.

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Jacob ten Brinken
Karlheinz Böhm ...
Frank Braun (as Karl Boehm)
Harry Meyen ...
Count Geroldingen
Rolf Henniger ...
Wolf Goutram (Ralph Goutram - US)
Harry Halm ...
Doctor Mohn
Hans Cossy ...
Mathieu, the coachman
Gardy Brombacher ...
Lisbeth, the maid
Trude Hesterberg ...
Fuerstin Wolkonska (Princess Wolkonski - US)
Julia Koschka ...
Olga Wolkonska (Wolkonski - US)
Denise Vernac ...
Mlle. Duvaliere, The Governess
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Arno Ebert
Willem Holsboer
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A scientist creates a beautiful "perfect woman", but since she is artificial, she seems soul-less and with no sense of morality, she brings ruin to all around her.

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Born outside the laws of God and man!

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Das Lied vom einsamen Mädchen
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Sung by Hildegard Knef
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Slow moving, yet fascinating Gothic piece.
7 March 2010 | by (Portland, OR, United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a quiet, Gothic kind of psychological film, and is interesting and well enough made so as to be watchable in a poorly dubbed US version. I found the actress in the title role to be strangely compelling, and convincingly portrayed sexual attraction with slightly disturbing aspects.

Eric Von Stroheim plays a perverted scientist, which is interesting because Von Stroheim is said to have induced an actual orgy among actors in order to film an orgy scene in one of the silent movies he directed. Stroheim, in his famous roles in Grand Illusion and Sunset Boulevard, was adept at playing formerly great and tragically flawed characters: this role is an interesting variation on this theme.

This film was made in 1952, in Germany, and is concerned with scientist who collects semen from an executed criminal and uses it to impregnate a prostitute; the offspring of this union is the title character. This movie would have had a strong resonance upon its original audience, just 7 years after the end of the Nazi period.

The Nazis, besides having many kinky sexual fetishes, instigated some strange 'breeding' programs designed to induce blonde-haired and blue-eyed people to reproduce. There were hostels, where these blonde and blue-eyed women could stay during their pregnancy, and where they and their offspring could live afterwords, free of charge and enjoying a comfortable lifestyle.

Alraune is the German word for the mandrake root. In folk legend, the mandrake grew beneath the hanged man, and it was the legendary discharge of semen from a hanged man which supposedly caused this plant to grow. In addition, there was another legend in which the mandrake, applied to a woman's nether regions, could instigate a pregnancy, with or without sexual contact from a living man.

This is a slow moving but strangely compelling film, and owes a lot to the beautiful actress in the title role. The subtext is also fascinating.


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