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Marcelle Chantal ...
Hélène Haviland
Jean Yonnel ...
Holk
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Amok et Maté (as V. Inkijinoff)
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Jan
Pierre Magnier ...
Le président
Hubert Daix ...
Van der Tomb
Madeleine Guitty ...
La servante de cabaret
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La chanteuse (as Frehel)
Claude Barghon ...
Lili Haviland (as La petite Claude Barghon)
Soura Hari ...
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Toshi Komori ...
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Monsieur Haviland
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Dr. Holk leads a lonely life in a small dutch colony in the tropics. Fled from love and civilisation his only companions are alcohol and his work, which takes him to the villages ravaged by dirt, fever, fear and a strange illness turning innocent people into madmen: Amok. One day he receives a visit by the young and beautiful Hèlène Haviland, who asks him to abort her lover's child before her husband returns. Even though Holk is infatuated by her seductive beauty, he haughtily refuses her request. Hélène seeks help from a Chinese practitioner. When Holk - driven by his fevered love and agony - finds her again in a dirty dive, it is already too late. Written by <susanne.walther@orf.at>

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An amazing study in l'amour fou
16 September 1999 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

The writings of Stefan Zweig now seem to be almost totally forgotten, but this French adaptation of one of his stories is compelling, fascinating and hypnotic. Directed with great skill by the Russian emigre Fedor Ozep, (there is not a word of dialogue during the first eleven minutes of the film), it also has a stunning musical score by Karol Rathaus. L'amour fou was a subject that entranced the Surrealists, but Ozep mixes this compulsive condition with a somewhat harsh realism that makes one see how, beneath the surface of "respectable" society, an irrational madness can sometimes take hold. The closing scene of the film is one of the most dramatic and stunning I have ever witnessed. Naturally the British film censors rejected it!


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