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The Hands of Orlac, 1 hr 52 min (1924)

Robert Wiene (Horror)

 

Caption: PT

Classification: 14+ 

 
 

The Hands of Orlac is a science fiction work written by the Austrian author Maurice Renard in 1924. The story revolves around a famous concert pianist who, after suffering a train accident, undergoes surgery to transplant the hands of a Sentenced to death. At first, Orlac adapts poorly to the new hands, but he quickly discovers that they have supernatural abilities and are capable of committing evil acts without him being able to control them.

The plot centers on Orlac's internal struggle as he tries to deal with his guilt and fear of being controlled by criminal hands. In addition, the character has to deal with the rejection of his wife and friends, who consider him possessed by an evil evil. The author explores themes such as human nature, responsibility for one's own actions and the struggle between good and evil.

The work has been adapted several times for the cinema, becoming one of the most famous scientific horror stories of all time. The best known version is the one directed by Robert Wiene in 1924, which uses advanced editing techniques and special effects to create a sinister and terrifying atmosphere. In addition, the soundtrack, composed by Paul Hindemith, is considered one of the most iconic of the genre.

The Hands of Orlac is a timeless and disturbing work, which is still capable of impacting audiences today. The story is a reflection on the human condition and the nature of the soul, questioning whether the hands are just an extension of the body or if they have a life of their own. In addition, the work addresses the issue of responsibility for our actions, asking to what extent we are responsible for our actions when they are influenced by external forces.

In summary, The Hands of Orlac is a fascinating and disturbing work that is still relevant and impactful more than 90 years after its publication. If you're a fan of science fiction and horror, this is a story that should definitely be on your reading list.

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