Reuniting the star and director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, THE HANDS OF ORLAC (Orlacs Hände) is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism. Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt, The Man Who Laughs) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac s father is murdered by the dead man s hands, Orlac begins a steady descent toward madness. Produced in Vienna, the hotbed of psychoanalysis, THE HANDS OF ORLAC is writhing with sexual innuendo and Freudian imagery. This Kino edition was mastered in HD from a 35mm print restored by the F.W. Murnau Foundation, supplemented with additional footage from the Raymond Rohauer Collection.
Some Extremely Rare Films From the 1920’s including: ENTR’ACTE From Director Rene’ Clair 1924. France. B&W. 14 min.: Starring Eric Satie, Jean Borlin, Francis Picabia, Marcel Dutchamp, Man Ray. Silent with Music Score. An early surrealistic effort from French director Rene’ Clair based on an idea from painter Frances Picabia. After a man is killed his coffin takes on a life of it’s own. After a long chase, he climbs out of his coffin and makes everyone that was chasing him disappear! / LA COQUILLE ET LE CLERGYMAN (SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN) Directed by Germain Dulac. Written by Antonin Artaud. 1928. France. 28 min. B&W. Silent With Music Score. Starring Alex Allin, Genica Athanasiou, Lucien Bataille. A radical feminist (in her day) and the second woman to direct films in the history of French cinema, Germain Dulac was a leading figure in Avant Garde cinema. Obsessed with a general’s wife, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust while struggling against his own eroticism. / BALLET MECANIQUE Written and Directed by Fernand Leger. Cinematography by Man Ray and Dudley Murphy. 1924. France. 16 Min. B&W. Silent with Music Score. Starring Starring Kiki Montparnesse. : An experimental film from Cubist painter Fernand Leger containing a montage of images and rhythms that create a hallucinatory effect. Features the original soundtrack. / ANEMIC CINEMA: Directed by Marchel Duchamp. 1926. France. B&W. 6 minutes. Silent with Music Score. The only film to come from the fouder of the Dadaism movement (artistic and literary movement from 1916-1923), an abstract and nilistic film short containing spiral forms merging into a rotating disc that’s labeled with differing messages.
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