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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

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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Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)
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Dr. Roger West
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Maggie West
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Abby Clarkson
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Duncan Mowbray Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
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Gregory Morton ...
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Khigh Dhiegh ...
Zanc Theun
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Bennett
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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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11 June 1971 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Roxanne Delancey: I've changed my perfume... It's called Shalimar... You like it?
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The Mephisto Waltz
Written by Franz Liszt
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Music and Devil
30 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This 1971 movie is definitely worth seeing, at least for a melancholically superb Jacqueline Bisset (at the same time, the other main character, Alan Alda, offers a lousy and histrionic performance). Even if it may seem obsolete, the movie still gives one chills down the spine at some moments, and the end is maybe a recognition of the fact that Evil is always more tempting than the Good. All in all, the old Faustian theme is well depicted in this movie, with some interesting arabesques (but why do the Satan worshipers speak a terrible French in their rituals - that I do not know, a superb score (naturally, since it is about the world of pianists and music) and some subtle meditations about the condition of the artist today and always. 7/10


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