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The Student of Prague (1913)

Der Student von Prag (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | September 1913 (USA)
Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a ... See full summary »

Directors:

Paul Wegener, Stellan Rye (co-director)

Writers:

Hanns Heinz Ewers (story), Hanns Heinz Ewers (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Wegener ... Balduin, a Student
Grete Berger Grete Berger ... Countess Margit von Schwarzenberg
Lyda Salmonova ... Lyduschka, a Gypsy Girl (as L. Salmonowa)
John Gottowt John Gottowt ... Scapinelli, an Old Sorcerer
Lothar Körner Lothar Körner ... Count von Schwarzenberg, Margit's Father
Fritz Weidemann Fritz Weidemann ... Baron Waldis-Schwarzenberg, Margit's Cousin, betrothed
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Storyline

Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a hideous, shriveled-up old man taps him upon the shoulder and whispers vaguely of a big inheritance for Prague's finest swordsman and wildest student if he will enter into a certain agreement. Balduin rebuffs him, satirically asking his weird companion to procure him "the luckiest ticket in a lottery or a doweried wife." The old man goes off chuckling and thence onward persistently shadows Balduin, exerting a sinister influence over him, while Balduin is still disconsolate under the frowns of fortune. The Countess Margit Schwarzenberg, hunting with her cousin, to whom her father has betrothed her, meets with an accident. She is thrown over her horse's head into a river, but Balduin, who has been directed to the spot by his evil genius, plunges in and rescues her. Subsequently Balduin calls to inquire as ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

September 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bargain with Satan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Bioscop GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Alpha Video) | (restored) | (English Language Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This is sometimes considered to be the first horror film ever made. See more »

Quotes

Balduin, a Student: Ruined am I! Procure for me the luckiest ticket in the lottery or a dowered wife.
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Referenced in Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) See more »

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Agree with Rich, for the most part
24 May 2006 | by gkhmblnSee all my reviews

A good film, and one I'll watch a number of times. Rich (the previous commenter)is right: there is much more going on here than is clear from the title boards, and I have to wonder how much has suffered in translation. Were there more in the original? Or was a native-language audience expected to lip-read more? Or -- since the screenplay was written by the author of the novel on which this was based -- was this a currently popular story with which the audience was already very familiar? In short, very worth a look, but it probably requires more work from contemporary viewers than the original 1913 audience had to put into it.

The Alpha Video release touts the new organ score, but the music is not matched to the story progression in any way. Sure, it starts promisingly, but degenerates into a repetitive, Phillip-Glass-like monotony that reflects nothing of the action on the screen. After listening for a while, I turned off the sound and simply watched: much better!


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