Sunday, November 01, 2015

The Hands Of Orlac

 (1924)****

Orlac is a famous pianist who loses his hands in an unfortunate train accident. After much begging from his loving wife, a brilliant surgeon replaces his hands with those of an executed killer. When Orlac realizes what has been done he struggles with the evil that his hands have committed. Even though he is reassured, "The hands don't rule the person...the head and heart lead the body...and command the hands..." Orlac isn't buying it and when his father is murdered he becomes sure that he has committed the crime even though he has no memory of it. It is a long and complex struggle between good and evil all within his own mind, or is it? Could there be some other source of foul play at work here?


I love to dig up at least one or two of these old relics each year. There is so much emotion conveyed in these silent films through exaggerated gesture, truly a lost art. I could feel his struggle and sympathized with Orlac and his poor wife. What tormented souls they became all through an act of healing. If I have a complaint it is that the film seemed much longer than it actually was, time passes slowly when the world is silent.

4 comments:

AC said...

I need to be in the right mindset to enjoy these old movies, but this does sound like a good one!

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I usually like to knock out a few oldies each year but I totally flaked this time around. Looks great, the second picture creeps me the hell out.

Octopunk said...

I absolutely love old film like this, although it is pretty weird to watch. I've never heard of this one.

Catfreeek said...

Octo how do you not know of another severed hand movie? Not disembodied and animated but still!