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Ten Days Wonder (1971)
"La décade prodigieuse" (original title)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Drama  |  1 December 1971 (France)
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Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Charles Van Horn - le fils déséquilibré de Théo
Paul Regis - un psychologue, l'ancien professeur de Charles
Hélène Van Horn - la jeune épouse de Théo
Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison
Guido Alberti ...
Ludovic Van Horn - le frère et régisseur de Théo
Ermanno Casanova ...
Vieillard borgne
Mathilde Ceccarelli ...
Réceptionniste hôtel
Eric Frisdal ...
Charles enfant
Aline Mantovani ...
Hélène enfant
Corinne Koeningswarter ...
Hélène enfant
Tsilla Chelton ...
Mère Théo
Giovanni Sciuto ...
Vittorio Sanipoli ...
Fabienne Gaugloff ...
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Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful tycoon father (Orson Welles). Welcomed by Welles' young wife (Marlene Jobert), Piccoli soon finds a nest of rats beneath the bourgeoisie voluptuousness -- a clan bound in a circle of illicit romance, blackmail, faked burglaries and, of course, murder. Written by joeyc187

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Claude Chabrol announced this project several times in the 1960s, always naming Orson Welles for the role of Theo Van Horn, but at various times mentioning Tom Courtenay and Catherine Deneuve (amongst several others) for the roles finally taken by Anthony Perkins and Marlene Jobert. It was always the unavailability of Welles which led to the several postponements of the filming, and the re-casting of the other leads. When asked why he did not simply hire another actor to play Theo, Chabrol replied, "Only Orson Welles can play God." See more »


Paul Regis: There is no room for gods like you among men.
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18 February 2002 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Now is the winter of our discontent... TVOntario's Chaine francaise is having a Chabrol retrospective in February and March; we have already seen La route de Corinthe (silly spy caper only made bearable by Jean Seberg's presence) and Les biches (could have been made for a glossy decor magazine; the trite lesbian coupling is never believable). Now we have La decade prodigieuse (Ten Day's Wonder).

The chateau reflects the Twenties and the elegance of the Jazz Age, but the costumes were ridiculous. Tony Perkins in plus-fours and a ridiculous cap is not in tune with Jay Gatsby: in fact he looks like a regular at a really foppish gay bar. Marlene Jobert's costumes are those of a convent school product. Orson Welles has been fitted with a fake nose that's a really awful greenish color; otherwise he looks the way he used to in those Paul Masson commercials.

A murder mystery that can't create atmosphere, or creates the wrong kind, is never successful. Tsilla Chelton, so wonderful in Tatie Danielle, has a cameo as Perkins's mother: she does a Mrs. Rochester impression that makes you believe she's going to burn the house down. The blackmail payments are confusing and badly handled. The strong hints of pedophilia in the Welles-Jobert marriage seem to come from another film.

Chabrol is a lazy filmmaker whose vast output--just look at all the entries in his filmography--indicates efficiency rather than talent. He'll give you a rare good film (Les cousins) amid lots of schlock.

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