Alraune (1930 film)

Alraune is a German science fiction Horror film directed by Richard Oswald.[1] Like the 1928 version this movie again features Brigitte Helm in the role of Alraune. This version aimed for greater realism but is still based upon the original German myth.

Alraune
"Alraune" (1930 film).jpg
German film program page for Alraune
Directed byRichard Oswald
Screenplay by
  • Charlie K. Roellinghoff
  • Robert Weisbach[1]
Based onAlraune
by Hanns Heinz Ewers[1]
Produced byRichard Oswald[1]
Starring
CinematographyGünther Krampf[1]
Music byBronislau Kaper[1]
Production
company
Richard Oswald-Produktion GmbH[1]
Release date
  • 2 December 1930 (1930-12-02) (Germany)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountryGermany[1]

PlotEdit

A scientist, Professor Jakob ten Brinken, interested in the laws of heredity, impregnates a prostitute in a laboratory with the semen of a hanged murderer. The prostitute conceives a female child who has no concept of love, whom the professor adopts. The girl, Alraune, suffers from obsessive sexuality and perverse relationships throughout her life. She learns of her unnatural origins and she avenges herself against the professor.

CastEdit

ReleaseEdit

Alraune was first shown in Germany at the Gloria-Palast theatre on 2 December 1930.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

From contemporary reviews, The New York Times described the film in 1934 as a "highly interesting production...Brigitte Helm, the versatile German actress, is the centre of the story...Her work is up to the high standard she has established in several foreign language pictures that have reached New York. Albert Bassermann, one of Germany's best veteran actors, is excellent as the scientist whose efforts to emulate the wonder-workers of the ancient days bring so much trouble upon nearly all involved in the affair, regardless of their innocence or guilt. The support is first class...Although this picture was made almost four years ago, the sound reproduction and photography are clear. The direction is competent."[2] "Magnus." of Variety dismissed the film as being "very low level and involves a ghastly ideas by Hanns Heinz Ewers, the picture is bad and silly."[3] Magnus. felt that actors Agnes Straub and Alebrt Bassermann were "not well handled in this instance" and that director Oswald "is so inferior in his direction that good actors are wasted."[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Alraune". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Another Brigitte Helm Film". New York Times. 5 May 1934. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b Willis, Donald (1985). Variety's Complete Science Fiction Reviews. p. 33.

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