Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac) (1924)
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Critic Reviews for Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac)
Its most enduring quality is Veidt's tormented performance as Orlac.
Most of the plot is worked out adroitly, but there is one unnecessary mechanical twist, which is employed detract from part of the horror.
Drab photography and over-footage devoted to long gloomy hallways make for repetition.
Conrad Veidt is mesmerising as the concert pianist living on his nerves after his shattered hands are replaced with those of a murderer.
This original version runs a little slowly by modern standards, but it has one of the great performances by the under-appreciated Conrad Veidt.
Audience Reviews for Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac)
a lot of fun. veidt's anguished performance here may only be matched by peter lorre's maniacal doctor in the 1935 remake 'mad love'.
It's that often told story of a musician who loses his hands and gets a new set transplanted from a murderer. Does the man control the hands, or will the hands lead him on a rampage to express his own guilty desires? This low-budget Austrian production reunites actor Conrad Veidt with director Robert Wiene (The Cabinet of Caligari). Although the pacing is a bit off at times, this is a very entertaining late-nighter for those interested in German Expressionism.
A tasty curiosity for those interested in Chris Kattan's pre-SNL work. Seriously, I was a bit disappointed with this film. Good beginning, good ending, dull middle. The acting is of that outdated school of bulging eyeballs and staggering around at quarter speed to look "tormented," and the slow pace - - even crossing a room sometimes seems to take forever -- really takes a bite out of the story's appeal. And unlike with some similar films of the period, the sets are not eye-catching enough to compensate. I much preferred the Peter Lorre remake, "Mad Love."
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