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A Daughter of Destiny (1928)

Alraune (original title)
A scientist interested in the laws of heredity, impregnates a prostitute in a laboratory with the semen of a hanged murderer. The prostitute conceives a female child who has no concept of love, whom the professor adopts.

Director:

Henrik Galeen

Writers:

Hanns Heinz Ewers (novel), Henrik Galeen
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Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Helm ... Alraune ten Brinken
Paul Wegener ... Prof. Jakob ten Brinken
Iván Petrovich ... Franz Braun
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Wölfchen
Louis Ralph Louis Ralph ... Der Zauberkünstler
Hans Trautner Hans Trautner ... Der Dompteur
John Loder ... Der Vicomte
Mia Pankau ... Die Dirne
Valeska Gert ... Ein Mädchen von der Gasse
Georg John ... Der Mörder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Sascha Alexander Sascha ... Ein Herr im Coupé
Heinrich Schroth ... Ein Herr in der Bar
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A scientist, Professor Jakob ten Brinken, interested in the laws of heredity, impregnates a prostitute in a laboratory with the semen of a hanged murderer. The prostitute conceives a female child who has no concept of love, whom the professor adopts. The girl, Alraune, suffers from obsessive sexuality and perverse relationships throughout her life. She learns of her unnatural origins and she avenges herself against the professor. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Brief, brief review of Munich Filmmuseum Restoration
21 April 2000 | by samirwSee all my reviews

I've just seen the world theatrical premier of the Munich Filmmuseum's restoration of this classic, presented by University of Chicago's Documentary Film Group in cooperation with Chicago's Goethe Institute and Lufthansa. Live piano accompaniment was provided by the excellent Aljoshe Zimmerman with an introduction by Stefan Drößler, director of the Filmmuseum. Zimmerman composed the score for the Filmmuseum and additionally accompanied "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" (also restored and presented as a double feature). The restoration was pieced together largely from surviving reels from Russia and Denmark, which focused on Alraune's mother and father, respectively. The restoration sports quite a few intertitles, in German, some of which were present in the original. Absolutely remarkable, and a must for anyone who appreciates excellent cinema.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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