Alraune (1918)

Austria-Hungary,
80m
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
silent

An Austro-Hungarian science fiction film directed by Michael Curtiz (using his birth name, Mihály Kertész) and Edmund Fritz.

Plot Summary

A mad scientist uses a mandrake root – said to have magical powers because of its resemblance to the human body – to create a beautiful young woman who turns out to be fatally flawed – she has no conscience and is unable to understand why it's wrong to kill.

Credits

Crew
Director: Mihály Kertész [real name: Michael Curtiz], Edmund Fritz
Script: Richárd Falk
Based on characters from the novel by Hanns Heinz Ewers

Cast
Géza Erdélyi
Gyula Gál (Alraune)
Kálmán Körmendy
Margit Lux
Rózsi Szöllösi
Jenö Törzs

Alternative Titles

Mandrake

References

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) edited by Phil Hardy p.21 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.21 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.6 – credits
  • The Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.16 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.10 – credits
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.133 – credits