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The Hands of Orlac

  • Centennial Hall 550 Wellington Street London, ON, N6A 3P9 Canada (map)

Centennial Hall

Scott Good, Conductor and Composer | Stacie Dunlop, Soprano Gregory Oh, Piano

Our composer-in-residence Scott Good has created music for the 2 hour long 1920’s horror/romance film The Hands of Orlac. For this special pre-Halloween production, Good will conduct this inventive and hauntingly beautiful score, as the story unfolds on the big screen. The audience is invited to attend in ‘horror dress’ for a costume party* following the performance.

Audience advisory: Contains mature themes, recommended for ages 11 and older. 

*Costume party after the performance is a 19+ event. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets: Online click below. In person or over the phone at Centennial Hall box office, 550 Wellington St, London. Tel: (519) 672 1967

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The Hands of Orlac is a superb example of the introduction of expressionism in German/Austrian silent movies in the 1920s.  The story revolves around concert pianist Paul Orlac (Conrad Veidt) who loses his hands in a horrific railway accident. His wife Yvonne (Alexandra Sorina) pleads with a surgeon to try and save Orlac’s hands for without them he will not live. The surgeon decides to transplant the hands of a recently executed murderer named Vasseur. When Orlac learns this, the horror of having a murderer’s hands obsesses him.

When first shown in the 1920s it was deemed "Likely to endanger public order and safety" by the Ministry of the Interior of Saxony.  

This score for full symphony orchestra, filled with creative mayhem, captures the light and shadow of the movie from its tragic start to its fast-moving climax.


Earlier Event: October 24
Orlac Explained
Later Event: November 29