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Canceled—Ciné-Concert: The Hands of Orlac

film series: From Vault to Screen: Austria

  • Saturday, June 13, 2020
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium

stills courtesy Filmarchiv Austria

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has canceled this event. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

Andrew Simpson in performance

Four years after Das Cabinett des Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene completed The Hands of Orlac (Orlacs Hände), a potent psychological drama based on a literary work by Maurice Renard. The film stars Conrad Veidt as a virtuoso pianist who, following an accident, receives the hands of a condemned murderer — or so he believes. Though its sets are more traditional than those of the expressionistic Caligari, Orlac employs other design strategies to convey the characters' seething emotions. Andrew Simpson is a composer, pianist, and organist, and professor of music at The Catholic University of America. (Robert Wiene, 1924, subtitles, 113 minutes)