Thursday, March 17, 2011

Der Student von Prag - 1913

The Student of Prague (German: Der Student von Prag, also known as A Bargain with Satan) is a 1913 German silent horror film. The film was remade in 1926, 1935, and 2004 under the same title The Student of Prague.
A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal with the young man to give him fabulous wealth and anything he wants, if he will sign his name to a contract. The student hurriedly signs the contract, but doesn't know what he's in for. A long plot summary is given by psychologist Otto Rank in The Double (1971; originally "Der Doppelgänger" in Imago III.2, 1914, 97-164).
Directors: Stellan Rye, Paul Wegener
Writers: Hanns Heinz Ewers, Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Stars: Paul Wegener, John Gottowt and Grete Berger

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