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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

 -  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

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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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The Devil Calls The Tune See more »

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21 July 1971 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Satan, mon amour  »

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Trivia

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

Duncan Ely: People should be born at the age of 70 and live their life backwards.
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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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Some good moments, lots of TV-ish melodrama in this Satanist cash-in
18 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very strongly reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby in substance and style, and why not? When did Hollywood not endear itself to cash-ins of other popular films? Jackie Bissett got to do two of them - this one and The Deep.

She's great in both. Everyone else is very good, but for Alan Alda, who is merely adequate. Funny, even Bradford Dillman is better here, but then Alda wasn't yet into his stride. This almost reeks of TV movie entrapments, it's a Quinn Martin production, but manages to overcome most of them with a fairly literate denouement.

There's the momentary lapse into trite dialog, and silliness, as exhibited by a trip to Mexico where entry into Mexico is announced by a painted billboard on a two-lane highway running past a park with water sprinklers going and with no border guards nor line of cars. Believe me, I went to Mexico in 1971 both from San Diego and inland Calexico, and there was no such sweetheart road of entry.

Well, watch it and you'll see what I mean. It's worth a view just for the great opening credits.


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