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Mandragore (1952)

Alraune (original title)
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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Hanns Heinz Ewers (novel), Kurt Heuser
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hildegard Knef ... Alraune
Erich von Stroheim ... 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 Hans Cossy ... Mathieu, the coachman
Gardy Brombacher Gardy Brombacher ... Lisbeth, the maid
Trude Hesterberg Trude Hesterberg ... Fuerstin Wolkonska (Princess Wolkonski - US)
Julia Koschka Julia Koschka ... Olga Wolkonska (Wolkonski - US)
Denise Vernac Denise Vernac ... Mlle. Duvaliere, The Governess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arno Ebert Arno Ebert
Willem Holsboer Willem Holsboer
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unnatural See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was not released in the United States until almost five years later when it was picked up by DCA (Distributors Corporation of America) and released in an edited and English dubbed version under the title "Unnatural...The Fruit of Evil." See more »

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Referenced in Hilde (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Das Lied vom einsamen Mädchen
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Sung by Hildegard Knef
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Unsettling Vintage Sci-Fi, An overlooked Gem
12 September 2017 | by karinrjeffreySee all my reviews

The title refers to the German word for Mandrake root. A disturbing and noir-like horror movie that viewers will either love or hate, it has a queasy quality with elements of camp that will either annoy or delight.

Charismatic actor and director Erich von Stroheim, who held his own in Sunset Boulevard, doesn't disappoint here.

Karl Boehm, the wide-eyed, eerily handsome actor who rose to stardom in the British cult horror classic Peeping Tom, is also very watchable.

Context is everything. This is an intriguing horror film that will reward a second viewing.


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