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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Alraune ten Brinken
... Prof. Jakob ten Brinken
... Franz Braun
... Wölfchen
Louis Ralph ... Der Zauberkünstler
Hans Trautner ... Der Dompteur
... Der Vicomte
Mia Pankau ... Die Dirne
... Ein Mädchen von der Gasse
... Der Mörder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Sascha ... Ein Herr im Coupé
... 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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All versions are at least 400 m short
9 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

There can't be a review giving this silent movie any proper judgement. One star is as possible as ten stars are since you are guessing anyway, because whatever version you watch, it is incomplete: The longest version up to date, being merged from Russian and Italian analog material, is still missing 400 m. Especially a dance performance of vanguard artist Valeska Geert is totally lost, among other scenes. And this might also explain why we don't see laboratory scenes of Alraune's making.

So this movie lacks coherence, though the acting of Wegener and Helm is superb and subtle, unlike common silent movies. Still, if you are not (yet) into silent movies or Brigitte Helm's eyes, better start with one that wasn't so much tampered with. But if you'll watch this one, then you are to enjoy a great allegory about humanity being proud of a creation of its own making, then falling for it which works on the destruction of its creator.


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