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  Irina Margareta Nistor & CelloFun
The Student of Prague (A Bargain with Satan)
Directed by: Paul Wegener and Stellan Rye
Cast: Paul Wegener (Balduin), Grete Berger (Countess Margit), Lyda Salmonova (Lyduschka), John Gottowt (Scapinelli), Lothar Körner (Count von Schwarzenberg), Fritz Weidemann (Baron Waldis-Schwarzenberg)

Writer: Hanns Heinz Ewers
Producer: Paul Wegener
Cinematography: Guido Seeber
Production Design: Robert A. Dietrich, Klaus Richter
Assistant Director: Stellan Rye
Special Effects: Guido Seeber

CelloFun (Bucharest/Brussels/Cluj-Napoca):
voice, electronics, percussion: Alexandra Andrieş
Oboe: Maria Petrescu
Percussion, concept & text selection: Radu Rădescu
pre-recorded cello & electronics: Attila J. Szabó
Special guest: Irina Margareta Nistor (The Voice of the Movies) – reading, live translation
A poor Prague student (Balduin) rescues a beautiful countess (Margit) and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer (Scapinelli) makes a deal with the young man to give him fabulous wealth and anything he wants, if he will sign his name to a contract, allowing Scapinelli to take possession of whatever he wants from Balduin's room, including his soul (his double as mirror image). Balduin hurriedly signs the contract, but doesn't know what he's in for. Will Balduin be able to confront his double?
Release date: 22 August 1913 (Germany), 31 October 1913 (Cluj-Napoca)
Reconstructed and restored version: 2016
Performance in German and English with live translation into Romanian.
Performance not recommended to audiences under 12

Silent film screening with live sound-design and insertions from Alfred de Musset.

      © Larisa Birta