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Orlacs Hände

Robert Wiene Germany, 1924

msmichel's rating of the film The Hands of Orlac

Wiene (Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) makes a dark and atmospheric tale out of 'Orlacs Hande' that would be surpassed by later sound versions. Conrad Veidt is quite good here but perhaps a little over emotive or over directed. The problem is the pacing and length which even by silent standards seems over baked and over long. Worth a watch but really nothing more than a wearied relic.