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Silent Films and Loud Music Series: The Hands of Orlac (1924) with a live musical score by The White City Rippers

  • Comfort Station 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Comfort Film Presents
Silent Films and Loud Music Series

The Hands of Orlac (1924)
with live musical score by
The White City Rippers

Directed by Robert Wiene
Starring Conrad Veidt,
Alexandra Sorina,
Fritz Kortner,
Carmen Cartellieri,
Fritz Strassny,
Paul Askonas

Running time: 90 minutes
German with English intertitles.

Orlac is a world famous pianist. One day he is badly hurt in a big train wreck. He is in danger of losing his both hands so his wife begs the doctors to save them. They eventually manage to transplant his hands with those of another deceased person. After his recovery Orlac discovers that there is something seriously wrong with his new pair of hands-it is as if they had a will of their own. But Orlac doesn't know that they actually belonged to a dangerous murderer.... --IMDB

About The White City Rippers:
From the case-books of the Chicago Police Department: Officers Amble and Bilge apprehended the White City Rippers, the devilish duo who have held the World's fair in the icy grip of terror with a chaotic combination of cacophonous musical performances, bizarre electronic devices, and a string of grisly murders. Mr. W, a thoroughly rum-soaked rogue, was quoted as saying, "A sharp blade is a safe blade," before collapsing in a paroxysm of laughter. Mr. M, who has the unhinged, psychotic temperament of an Irishman, responded, "My razor goes 'likkey-likkey-likkey' then it goes 'shhhhh'!" The two escaped custody, leaving pools of blood and slices of fingers and toes strewn about their holding cell. Amble and Bilge have gone missing and it is surmised that the Rippers flayed them and used the skins to disguise themselves. The Rippers are rumored to have two accomplices named Mr. Varbelli and Mr. Seeburg. These may be an accordion and a machine used to reproduce the sound of drums, but this has not been corroborated. If you have more information on their whereabouts, please report them here:

The screening will be outside on the Comfort Station lawn weather permitting.