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Alraune (1930)

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... See full summary »

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Richard Oswald
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Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Helm ... Alraune ten Brinken / Alma, a bar girl
Albert Bassermann ... Privy Councillor ten Brinken
Harald Paulsen ... Frank Braun, his nephew
Adolf E. Licho Adolf E. Licho ... Attorney-at-law Manasse
Agnes Straub ... Fuerstin Wolkonski
Bernhard Goetzke ... Dr. Petersen
Martin Kosleck ... Wolfgang Petersen
Käthe Haack ... Frau Raspe, the housekeeper
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ... Raspe, the chauffeur
Liselotte Schaak ... Olga Wolkonski
Paul Westermeier ... Von Walter, Olga's fiancé
Henry Bender Henry Bender ... The innkeeper
Elsa Bassermann ... A lady
Wilhelm Bendow Wilhelm Bendow
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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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Enjoyable Sound Remake of a Silent Classic
8 October 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

With the exception of Brigitte Helm in the title role, this sound remake of the classic 1928 silent has an entirely different cast and crew, and is a pretty impressive piece of work in its own right.

Brigitte Helm this time doubles up as both Alraune and as her drunken mother Alma singing in a bar in chiaroscuro close-up and a wet-look pencil skirt in a prologue set in 1913. The supporting cast is full of familiar faces from both German silents (Bernhard Goetzke) and Hollywood talkies (Martin Kosleck as a young admirer named Wolfgang Petersen), and the bulk of the action is this time explicitly identified with late Weimar Germany, with the year specifically stated as 1930, complete with a chassis-hugging dress of the period for Miss Helm in one scene, and imposing sets by Otto Erdmann & Hans Sohnle noirishly lit by Günther Krampf. All in all a film crying out for a decent restoration.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Evil See more »

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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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