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Alraune (1952)

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 Rolf Henniger ... Wolf Goutram (Ralph Goutram - US)
Harry Halm 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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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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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unnatural See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Connections

Version of Alraune und der Golem (1919) 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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Frankenstein's Great Granddaughter
8 October 2017 | by Richard ChattenSee all my reviews

The fifth and - to date - last film version of Hanns Heinz Ewers' 1911 bestseller is handsomely mounted, interestingly cast and far too talky. It worked far better as a silent film, with Brigitte Helm much more convincing than dear Hildegard Knef as the soulless product of artificial insemination. By bestowing such inauspicious parenthood upon his creation Professor ten Brinken (Erich von Stroheim!) explicitly states that it's his desire that a bit of depravity in her genes will create a more exotic bloom than two upstanding citizens could have produced; although real life is constantly demonstrating that Mother Nature can be depended upon to regularly create plenty of young women with more conventional antecedents capable of wreaking just as much havoc among the male sex.

Although Ewers was initially an enthusiastic supporter of the New Order and joined the NSDAP in 1931 - and 'Alraune' clearly reflected the eugenics debate that Hitler brought into disrepute - it wasn't filmed during the Nazi era. The director of this postwar version, Arthur Maria Rabenalt, had been an enthusiastic propagandist for the Nazi regime, which makes him an ironic choice for such potentially touchy subject matter.


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