Alraune (1918)

35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

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.


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

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

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