The Student of Prague
Balduin, a penniless student infatuated with a baroness, sells his reflection to a Devil’s minion in exchange for wealth. But the image turns into a malevolent doppelganger, which takes on a life of his own, foiling Balduin’s plans to marry the woman he loves. The Student of Prague, a Faustian tale of the triumph of supernatural evil, is an important work in German Expressionism cinema. Directed by Henrik Galeen in 1926, and starring Conrad Veidt and Eliza La Porta, the film derives from a story by fantasy writer Hans Heinz Ewers, with elements from Poe’s William Wilson.