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The Student of Prague
Directed by Stellan Rye
Paul Wegener
Written by Alfred de Musset
Hanns Heinz Ewers
Edgar Allan Poe
Starring Paul Wegener
John Gottowt
Grete Berger
Music by Josef Weiss
Cinematography Guido Seeber
Release date(s) August 22, 1913
Running time 85 min.
Country German Empire Germany
Language Silent film
German intertitles

The Student of Prague (German: Der Student von Prag, also known as A Bargain with Satan) is a 1913 German silent horror film. The film was remade in 1926, 1935, and 2004 under the same title The Student of Prague.


A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer 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. The student hurriedly signs the contract, but doesn't know what he's in for. A long plot summary is given by psychologist Otto Rank in The Double (1971; originally "Der Doppelgänger" in Imago III.2, 1914, 97-164).


  • Paul Wegener as Balduin
  • John Gottowt as Scapinelli
  • Grete Berger as Countess Margit
  • Lyda Salmonova as Lyduschka
  • Lothar Körner as Count von Schwarzenberg
  • Fritz Weidemann as Baron Waldis-Schwarzenberg

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