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A review of "The Devil, Probably" by Mireille Latil-Le-Dantec. Originally published in Issue 77, July-August 1977, of Cinématographe. Translation by Ted Fendt. Thanks to Marie-Pierre Duhamel.
"I challenge you all now, all you atheists. With what will you save the world, and where have you found a normal line of progress for it, you men of science, of co-operation, of labour-wage, and all the rest of it?
With credit? What's credit? Where will credit take you? [...] Without recognizing any moral basis except the satisfaction of individual egoism and material necessity! [...] It's a law, that's true; but it's no more normal than the law of destruction, or even self-destruction. [...] Yes, sir, the law of self-destruction and the law of self-preservation are equally strong in humanity! The devil has equal dominion over humanity till the limit of time which we know not. You laugh? You don't believe in the devil? Disbelief in the devil is a French idea, »
- Ted Fendt
Director Richard Ayoade has already proven with his first feature Submarine a skill for literary adaptation, a skill for setting distinct and palpable tones, a skill for creating offbeat, but endearing characters who say and do things that are at once fascinating, entertaining, and vaguely disconcerting. With his latest movie, The Double, the British filmmaker (son of a Norwegian mother and Nigerian father) has sharpened those skills to a point, crafting a cinematic world that is even more distinct and more disconcerting than his first venture. Based, after a fashion, on Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, a hapless young man who lives an invisible life. »
- Zeba Blay
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