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Still from Stellan Rye’s The Student of Prague (1913) courtesy Apex Film Company / Photofest

The Student of Prague

Dark Mirrors: The Double in Cinema

  • Sunday, July 24, 2022
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium; Tom Gunning, in person

Registration Required

Registration is required and opens Friday, July 15 at noon.

Introduced by Tom Gunning, professor emeritus of art history, cinema and media studies, University of Chicago

Incorporating a doppelgänger motif and referencing such literary sources as Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “William Wilson,” the Faust myth, and Alfred de Musset’s lyric poem La Nuit de Décembre (“December Night"), The Student of Prague is an early work of expressionist horror with actor Paul Wegener as the student Balduin forced to make a deal with a sorcerer. Restored print, with musical score by Josef Weiss, courtesy Filmmuseum Munich. (Paul Wegener and Stellan Rye, 1913, DCP, 85 minutes)