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The Man Who Could Cheat Death

Man Who Could Cheat Death, The (1959) Movie Poster
UK  •    •  83m  •    •  Directed by: Terence Fisher.  •  Starring: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee, Arnold Marlé, Delphi Lawrence, Francis De Wolff, Ronald Adam, Marie Burke, John Harrison, Ian Hewitson, Gerda Larsen, Charles Lloyd Pack, Frederick Rawlings.  •  Music by: Richard Rodney Bennett.
       Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he's really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200.

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Mimicking its long title the movie finds ways to come close to the 90' mark. The beautiful sets are here with all that made the Hamer production values a trademark, yet Paris drowned in the fog is a sign of indolent neglect. The story is obvious and can be summed up in a dozen words so there comes nothing unexpected and nothing worth more than 5% of your attention to be expected.

The directing is heavy as a direct transfer from the stage play, actors are mostly stiff as wax figures (ok this is a Hamer feature, only it's sometimes better featured in the whole package). My conclusion: this movie is trash, not worth the time I spend that evening. Eternal life is a boring matter and I should have hoped the guys in charge of programming at the Cinemathèque would have known better.


Review by vostf from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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