Release dateOctober 23, 1952 (1952-10-23) (Germany) Based onAlraune
by Hanns Heinz Ewers WriterHanns Heinz Ewers (novel), Kurt Heuser Initial releaseOctober 23, 1952 (West Germany) CastHildegard Knef (Alraune), Erich von Stroheim (Jacob ten Brinken), Karlheinz Böhm (Frank Braun), Harry Meyen (Count Geroldingen), Harry Halm (Doctor Mohn), Hans Cossy (Mathieu) Similar moviesPaprika, Knock Knock, Back to the Future, Django Unchained, Forrest Gump, Jamon Jamon
TaglineBorn outside the laws of God and man!
Hildegard knef in alraune
Alraune is a 1952 West German science fiction directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Hildegard Knef. The film involves a scientist (Erich von Stroheim), who creates a woman who is beautiful and yet soulless, lacking any sense of morality.
Alraune was released in Germany on 23 October 1952 where it was distributed by Gloria-Filmverleih. It was released in the USA in 1957 by Distributors Corporation of America, with English dubbed, as Unnatural - The Fruit Of Evil.
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." 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".