Alraune (1930 film)

Directed by Richard Oswald
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Hanns Heinz Ewers (novel)
Charlie Roellinghoff
Richard Weisbach
Starring Brigitte Helm
Albert Bassermann
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Günther Krampf
Distributed by UFA
UFA Film Company (US)
Release dates
2 March 1930
4 May 1934 (US)
Running time
103 mins
Country Weimar Republic
Language German

Alraune (1930) is a German science fiction horror film directed by Richard Oswald.[1] Like the 1928 version this movie again features Brigitte Helm in the role of Alraune. This version aimed for greater realism but is still based upon the original German myth.

The film was produced by Richard-Oswald-Produktion and distributed by Universum Film AG (UFA) in Germany and UFA Film Company in the United States with English subtitles. The art direction was by Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle.


Critical reception

The New York Times described the film in 1934 as a "highly interesting production...Brigitte Helm, the versatile German actress, is the centre of the story...Her work is up to the high standard she has established in several foreign language pictures that have reached New York. Albert Bassermann, one of Germany's best veteran actors, is excellent as the scientist whose efforts to emulate the wonder-workers of the ancient days bring so much trouble upon nearly all involved in the affair, regardless of their innocence or guilt. The support is first class...Although this picture was made almost four years ago, the sound reproduction and photography are clear. The direction is competent." [2]

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