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4.0 out of 5 stars
Weimar cinema, 28 Feb 2011
A science-fiction, horror film typical of Weimar cinema. It has some of the characteristics of that era: the hero who has transplanted hands (reminds the infinity of crippled Germans returning from the front who at the end wore artificial members); the male who is pathetic, impotent, full of psychological problems; the female, on the contrary, who takes up the responsibilities of everyday' s life.
The direction of Wiene is very good, the scenography is minimal and the light critical and essential. This film has the atmosphere of an E. A. Poe's or E. T. A. Hoffmann' s story.
C. Veidt is great, very natural although he has his expressionistic moments. He really had a strange face that could change to something fiendish and evil (even when he laughed).
F. Kortner has the right face and plays the role of the blackmailer perfectly.
Unfortunately A. Sorina exaggerates and faints in most of her scenes.
The restoration of the film is mediocre. There 're lots of signs and stains in some scenes and the tears can only be guessed.
At first, I was afraid to purchase this DVD because it declares to be Region 1 NTSC. But fortunately I was able to see it without problems in my DVD player which plays only Region 2 PAL.