The Hands of Orlac

  • Thur Oct 31
    8:00 Sage (free)
The Hands of Orlac

FREE • with live accompaniment by Dennis James on the Sage Chapel organ and the theremin, and Frederick Hodges on piano
cosponsored with the Dept. of Music & the Ithaca Motion Picture Project

Robert Wiene
Conrad Veidt

A deliciously twisted thriller that blends Grand Guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism. Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac's father is murdered by the dead man's hands, Orlac begins a steady descent toward madness. Produced in Vienna, the hotbed of psychoanalysis, The Hands of Orlac is writhing with sexual innuendo and Freudian imagery. Perfect for Halloween, the film will be accompanied by Dennis James on organ & theremin, and Frederick Hodges on piano.


DVD bw
1 hour 50 minutes
release year/country
1924 Germany