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Film / Anatomy

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Anatomy is a German Medical Horror film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky and starring Franka Potente.

Paula Henning manages to get a spot in a special anatomy course at the University of Heidelberg along a few other lucky students. While she is initially professional, dealing with everything in a serious manner, she soon starts being paranoid when two of the other students disappear and she comes to the conclusion that a group of doctors at the university might not care about ethical procedures to get research objects.

A sequel called Anatomy 2 was released in 2003 with a mostly new cast. It follows a young intern who gets entangled with another chapter of the Anti-Hippocratic society in a prestigious Berlin hospital.


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  • Artistic License – Medicine: Pretty much everything described about Promidal.
  • Body Horror: The preserved bodies are anatomical models. As in, you can open them, take them apart, etc.
  • For Science!: The Anti-Hippocratic Society argues that without them, medicine and science would not be able to develop much.
  • Killed Offscreen: Paula saves a young man at the beginning, only for them to meet again when she dissects his body in the morgue. Also Gretchen, Phil and Ludwig.
  • Mad Doctor: Everyone of the Anti-Hippocratic Society is treated by Paula as this. That includes Prof. Grombek, Caspar and her own grandfather.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Caspar has his desk scattered with drugs and notes of the Anti-Hippocratic Society. Because he was researching them as part of his history doctrate thesis.
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  • Playing with Syringes: The Anti-Hippocratic Society believes that only by thoroughly analysing the human body can science understand it. It also believes that the few bodies they get through legal ways aren't nearly enough...
  • Skip the Anesthetic: The victims do get a drug injected into their veins. But that is so their blood becomes thicker, thus making it easier to work and does nothing about any pain the victim might feel.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Both Paula and Oliver end up like this. Implied to have happened to Gretchen and Phil as well as many others before.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: While it gets implied a lot earlier, the entire body collection of the University of Heidelberg is proven to be this when Paula finds Gretchen.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Paula wants to be like her grandfather to the point of wanting to study anatomy at the same university as he did.


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