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08 January 2022

Orlacs Hände (1924)
Alexandre Tharaud, piano - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

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Orlacs Hände (1924) from Robert Wiene with improvisations by Alexandre Tharaud

The French master pianist Alexandre Tharaud, who previously made an unforgettable impression with his live improvisation for Murnau's Sunrise, lavishes his musical talents on the fortunes of concert pianist Paul Orlac. This tragic character falls into deep despair after a train accident and a piece of trauma surgery that was still pure science fiction at the time; he has to live on at the hands of an executed murderer.

This film from 1924 oscillates between psychological horror and crime drama. Director Robert Wiene worked again with actor Conrad Veidt, who also played one of the leading roles in the groundbreaking Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. Conrad's expressionistic performance portrays Orlac's delusions of fear, in which he feels his hands taking more and more possession of his mind. Until he himself is under suspicion of murder.

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