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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

R  |   |  Horror  |  21 July 1971 (France)
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Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Myles Clarkson
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Paula Clarkson
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Roxanne Delancey
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Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)
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Dr. Roger West
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Maggie West
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Abby Clarkson
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Duncan Mowbray Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
Curt Lowens ...
Agency Chief
Gregory Morton ...
Conductor
Janee Michelle ...
Agency Chief's Girlfriend
Lilyan Chauvin ...
Woman Writer
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Zanc Theun
Alberto Morin ...
Bennett
Berry Kroeger ...
Raymont
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Storyline

Alan Alda plays a classical piano player on the rise who befriends a famous player himself who's at death's door. Unknown to Alda, the guy is a satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano (thus needing a skilled piano player like Alda to switch bodies with). Written by Humberto Amador

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Satan, mon amour  »

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At one point in the film, there is a very subtle reference to the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button", the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald first published in 1922. When Myles is having his facial mask done by Paula, Duncan comes into the room and after a few moments says "People should be born at seventy, and live their life backwards!" This is the exact age of Benjamin Button when he is "born" in the Fitzgerald story. See more »

Quotes

[after smashing a headlight with a wrench]
Paula Clarkson: Oh, by the way, someone smashed one of the headlights. You shouldn't leave the Rolls out there in plain view. This neighborhood is full of rich teenaged bastards.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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The Mephisto Waltz
Written by Franz Liszt
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a good gentle horror, no need for gore
3 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A good plot similar to HP Lovecraft's "The thing on the doorstep" without the "innsmouth look" of Asenath but with the body swapping of devil worshippers attempting an eternal leapfrog through history using others bodies . Violence is kept to a minimum the required evil for this horror is amply supplied by absentee devil who's decadent servants plot and dissemble to increase their own worth , chilling dreams of the blue wax applying witches are the best moments. Alan Alda's performance was believably naive and overshadowed by a masterful and compelling kurt jurgens dry self absorbed and above the pettiness of his guests . Miss Blisset charming, beautiful ."The Ninth gate" , "The night of the demon" may be better films but would happily keep company on the same shelf.


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