Alraune (1952 film)

Alraune is a 1952 West German science fiction directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Hildegard Knef and Erich von Stroheim. The film involves a scientist (von Stroheim), who creates a woman who is beautiful and yet soulless, lacking any sense of morality.

German poster for Alraune
Directed byArthur Maria Rabenalt
Produced byGünther Stapenhorst[1]
Screenplay byKurt Heuser[1]
Based onThe novel, Alraune, by Hanns Heinz Ewers
Music byWerner Richard Heymann[1]
CinematographyFriedl Behn-Grund[1]
Edited byDoris Zeltmann[1]
  • Deutsche Styria-Film GmbH
  • Carlton Film GmbH[1]
Distributed byGloria-Filmverleih GmbH
Release date
  • 23 October 1952 (1952-10-23) (Germany)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
CountryWest Germany[1]



Alraune was released in Germany on 23 October 1952 where it was distributed by Gloria-Filmverleih.[1]



In a contemporary review, Variety noted that "in the early 1900s, when the H. H. Ewers novel Alraune cut a swatch in the German-language world [...] the very thought of artificial insemination of humans was mentionable only in whispers." and that "times and sensations change."[2] The review opined that Knef's acting had "limited range" and that von Stroheim produces "only a laboured setting for a range of costumes changes and phony thunderstorms for the lethal Alraune".[2]

See also



  1. "Alraune". Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. Willis 1985, p. 93.


  • Willis, Donald, ed. (1985). Variety's Complete Science Fiction Reviews. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0-8240-6263-7.

Further reading

  • Wingrove, David (1985). Science Fiction Film Source Book. Harlow, Essex, England: Longman. ISBN 0-582-89310-0.
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