Alraune (1952 film)

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German poster for Alraune
Directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt
Produced by Günther Stapenhorst
Screenplay by Kurt Heuser
Based on Alraune 
by Hanns Heinz Ewers
Music by Werner Richard Heymann
Cinematography Friedl Behn-Grund
Edited by Doris Zeltmann
Distributed by Gloria-Filmverleih GmbH
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release dates
  • October 23, 1952 (1952-10-23) (Germany)
Running time
92 minutes
Country West Germany

Alraune (also known as Unnatural) is a 1952 West German science fiction horror film directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Hildegard Knef in which a scientist creates a woman who is beautiful and yet soulless, lacking any sense of morality. It is based upon the German myth of Alraune in which a woman is impregnated by a mandrake root. It is the fifth and as of 2007 the final movie to be based upon this myth.

The film was produced by Carlton Films and Deutsche Styria Film GmbH. and distributed by Gloria Film in Germany and Distributors Corporation of America (DCA) in the United States in 1958 in a version dubbed into English.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alraune". Retrieved November 4, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

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

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