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A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy to hide a mysterious person in his clinic in return for a million francs. As soon as the deal is struck his place is overrun by spies from both East and West, all in search of a renegade nuclear scientist. The psychiatrist's own sanity starts to break down as he submitted to unmitigated surveillance and deception. Written by
I really don't enjoy writing this review and I only do it because some of the other texts here give a very misleading picture. Clouzot was a great director, but even the best were not prone to make ridiculous movies. This film proves that genius and frenzy are really that close. He made some of my favorite film, The Raven, Wages of Fear, Le Diabolique.
Therefore I was very much looking forward to see this film. Although I had known that Peter Ustinov found it stupid, I hoped he had a run-in with the director and the film is quite okay. It is not. After a few minutes so many idiotic things happen, it is hard to believe.
Many famous actors appear in the film, but the main story is carried by someone completely incompetent. The plot is so stupid that I don't want to mention it as it sounds like being written by an inmate of a lunatic asylum. It was not only boring but aggravating! This should warn you not to buy the DVD as I have done after reading the other comments.
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