Malpertuis is a labyrinth where characters issued from the Greek mythology are made prisoners by Cassavius. He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) as prisoners even after... See full summary »

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Cassavius
Susan Hampshire ...
Nancy / Euryale / Alice / Nurse / Charlotte
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Charles Dideloo
Mathieu Carrière ...
Jan
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Lampernisse
Daniel Pilon ...
Mathias Crook
Walter Rilla ...
Eisengott
Dora van der Groen ...
Sylvie Dideloo
Charles Janssens ...
Philarette
Sylvie Vartan ...
Bets
Jet Naessens ...
Eleonora
Cara Van Wersch ...
Rosalie
Jenny Van Santvoort ...
Elodie
Fanny Winkler ...
Mother Griboin
Robert Lussac ...
Griboin (as Bob Storm)
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Malpertuis is a labyrinth where characters issued from the Greek mythology are made prisoners by Cassavius. He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) as prisoners even after his death, through a binding testament. As the nephew unravels the mystery, we find out he cannot escape the house because Malpertuis is far more significant than we were led to believe. Written by Flávia Dietrich

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Restored to brilliance
23 July 2002 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

Having seen this film some years ago on television in a dark, dubbed and cut print, I had all but forgotten it. Yesterday I saw Kumel's restored cut in his own Flemish language, running 124 minutes, and my reaction was "brilliant". The picture was actually originally made in English, French, German and Dutch versions and then hacked to bits in the various markets. This film is a "must-see" for any serious film fan with its fabulous photography, stylish composition and surreal overtones - Magritte too was Belgian. It's more than a horror film as it has often been tagged, but a series of dreams or perhaps nightmares with all the illogic of dreams. I am fairly certain that Welles did his own Flemish dialog and that too makes it a must for the connoisseur.


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