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Der Student von Prag (The Student of Prague) (A Bargain with Satan) (1913)

Der Student von Prag (The Student of Prague) (A Bargain with Satan)

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Its rather advanced special effects aside, this first film version of Hanns Heinz Ewers' short story Student of Prague is filmed in the static, long-shot style common to this early period. Still, the basic story, a variation of the "Faust" legend, has enough raw power to overcome the film's technical limitations. The titular student sells his mirror reflection to a mysterious conjuror (who, in this film, comes dangerously close to a Jewish stereotype) in exchange for wealth and romance. The reflection takes on an evil life of its own, wreaking havoc on all concerned. Of interest in the 1913 Student of Prague is the casting of Paul Wegener in the title role: during the Nazi era, Wegener was appointed Actor of the State, while Student of Prague author Ewers had become the principal biographer of Nazi "martyr" Horst Vessel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Art House & International, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
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On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
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What makes me watch this movie while listening to Zydeco and drinking Jagermeister? Well, I can't rightly say. But that was one fell night, let me tell you. Between the shots of that liquorice brew, the zinging and the accordian and washboards and the creepy old pre-WWI spook-fest all wrapped up in a twirling, dizzt, multi-fractaled lightning strike of an evening where hairs were standing on end and me and my viewing party did not know whether we were coming or going! Whew, haven't had a night like that since I got a pre-screen of Psycho back in the day and showed reel to reel in my basement around a drinking card game of which rules I've now long forgotten all these years later. And the movie was a decent early attempt, too..

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