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The Doctor Says (1966)

Der Arzt stellt fest... (original title)
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Dr. Maurer
René Deltgen ...
Dr. Diener
Margot Trooger ...
Frau Sidler
Dieter Borsche ...
Herr Sidler
Charles Regnier ...
Professor
Peter Oehme ...
Gerichtspräsident
Louis V. Arco ...
Verteidiger (as Lutz Altschul)
Hermann Frick ...
Staatsanwalt
Sabine Bethmann ...
Frau Maurer
Gert Westphal ...
Kriminalkommissar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irmgard Delschneider
Gisela Glietz
Ursula Heyer
Vera Jesse ...
Ursula Siedler
Peter Kummer ...
Werner
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The most important and informative film of the decade.

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24 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Swiss melodrama/documentary on abortion, released in the US as an exploitation film
7 September 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

I can only imagine what some poor oversexed US theatregoer in 1966 who saw this serious Swiss melodrama/documentary about abortion, expecting a sexy exploitation film from the advertising, would think. There are clinical drawings of the female anatomy shown and the only skin seen is the bare legs of a lady having a baby! Perhaps K. Gordon Murray and David Friedman would provide an unannounced "square-up reel" in addition to the film, but as it is, there is no exploitation value to this serious film. On the other hand, watched in 2003 as a historical curio, the film is of much value. It is a serious and powerful tract supporting legal and safe abortion and presents a number of real-life stories of women forced to choose unsafe and illegal back-alley abortions. With a number of politicians in the US wanting to bring back the pre-Roe-vs.-Wade days again, the film is an eloquent voice in favor of reproductive freedom. It was no doubt seriously intended by the Swiss filmmakers and on that level is a fascinating historical document...although it has the entertainment value of some old b&w 16mm film I would have been shown in the early 70s in highschool "family living" class, something that would have seemed dated at the time.


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