The Hands of Orlac

The Hands of Orlac

A FILM BY: Robert Wiene
WRITTEN BY: Louis Nerz, Maurice Renard (novel)
STARRING: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny

A Part of MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS 2021 | Featuring a Live Score by Maxx McGathey 

Reuniting the star and director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Hands of Orlac is 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 played by MBOH favorite Conrad Veidt (The Man Who Laughs) 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 towards madness.

Presented with original German intertitles with English subtitles 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1924
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 93 mins