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Raúl Zenteno (story)
Alfredo Salazar (adaptation)
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1959 (USA) See more »
A failed pianist sells his soul to the devil in return for his becoming the greatest musician in the world... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Enrique Rambal ... Samuel Magno
Abel Salazar ... Ricardo Souto
Martha Roth ... Laura / Alejandra
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Cornelia
Ana Laura Baledon ... Girl killed by Samuel
José Chávez ... Police officer
Maricarmen Vela ... Blond Motorist (as Mari Carmen Vela)
Carlos Suárez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anita Blanch
Armando Gutiérrez ... Hotel manager (uncredited)
Jesús Gómez ... Police officer (uncredited)
Cecilia Leger ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Directed by
Rafael Baledón 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alfredo Salazar  adaptation
Raúl Zenteno  story

Produced by
Abel Salazar .... producer
Original Music by
Gustavo César Carrión  (as Gustavo C. Carrion)
Cinematography by
Raúl Martínez Solares 
Film Editing by
Carlos Savage 
Production Design by
Javier Torres Torija 
Makeup Department
Armando Meyer .... makeup artist (as Armando Mayer)
Production Management
Paul Castelain .... production chief
Alfredo Salazar .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Felipe Palomino .... assistant director
Sound Department
Manuel Topete .... sound
Special Effects by
Juan Muñoz Ravelo .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Diver .... assistant camera
Carlos Nájera .... lighting technician
Cirilo Rodríguez .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Sigfrido García .... assistant editor
Music Department
María Teresa Rodríguez .... musician: piano
Other crew
Nicolás Rueda hijo .... titles (as Nicolás Rueda Jr.)
Pablo Álvarez .... script supervisor

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USA:78 min
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Piano-beauty and the Beast, 15 August 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"The Man and the Monster" is another supreme Mexican horror accomplishment from the vintage late 50's/early 60's era. It's not as brilliant as "The Black Pit of Dr. M" or as petrifying as "The Curse of the Crying Woman", but nonetheless this movie benefices from a compelling storyline as well as from terrific scenery and devoted acting performances. Reminiscent of the legendary "Faust" as well as "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" tales, the script revolves on a middle-aged pianist who sold his soul to the devil (extendedly explained during a fabulously macabre flashback) in order to become the greatest musician in the world. Of course, since all deals with Lucifer soon turn out to be fishy, Samuel quickly discovers his success comes at a high price. Whenever his finest composition of music is played, Samuel transforms into an aggressive werewolf-like monster that can only be tamed by his domineering mother. They conceal corpses in their house and attempt to break the curse by training a gifted female acolyte on the piano, but journalist Ricardo Souto comes close to uncovering the horrific secrets. The continuously uncanny atmosphere of "The Man and the Monster" is simply irresistible to avid fans of Gothic horror cinema and, even though many people criticize the make-up effects, I personally thought the monstrous effects were rather acceptable, especially considering the film's year of release. Several sequences are beautifully choreographed and almost artsy, like for example when Samuel literally begs his mother to play the piano and she eventually silently consents by handing him the key to the front door. "The Man and the Monster" is a beautiful, enchanting and immensely atmospheric period piece. Perhaps not intended for the nowadays horror-audiences, but undeniably a masterful film.

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