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Man with the Transplanted Brain (1971)

L'homme au cerveau greffé (original title)
Professor Marcilly is a famed brain specialist who, following in-depth and extended research work, is now able to perform brain transplant surgery. One day, he finds himself in the presence... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Mathieu Carrière ...
Franz Eckerman
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Le professeur Jean Marcilly
Nicoletta Machiavelli ...
Héléna
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Le docteur Robert Desagnac
Marianne Eggerickx ...
Marianne Marcilly
Martine Sarcey ...
Le docteur Catherine Ponson
Benoît Allemane ...
Costet
Monique Mélinand ...
Elisabeth Marcilly
Christian Duroc ...
Ferrière
Pierre Santini ...
Dino
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Andrée Tainsy
Max Vialle
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Professor Marcilly is a famed brain specialist who, following in-depth and extended research work, is now able to perform brain transplant surgery. One day, he finds himself in the presence of a young car accident victim for whom the only hope of survival would be a brain transplant. Marcilly, who has a heart condition and is terminally ill, decides to become the "donor". The operation is a success. But who is actually the patient discharged from the hospital: a young fellow with the brain of a young man or an old man in the body of a young one? Written by Guy Bellinger

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29 March 1972 (France)  »

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L'uomo dal cervello trapiantato  »

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Brain transplant surgery
21 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

One of the big men of the famous (or notorious,depending on whom you ask) Cahiers Du Cinéma ,Jacques Doniol -Valcroze was less successful when it came to making his own movies:with hindsight ,two of his seven movies really stand out :"La Maison Des Bories" ,an intimate psychological drama(often depicted as"La Princesse De Clèves in Provence" and this one ,a rare French attempt at a sci-fi work.Wunderkind Matthieu Carrière starred in both movies.

A terminally-ill professor (Aumont) asks his colleague(Duchaussoy) to perform a brain transplant,by giving his organ to a young man ,severely wounded in a car crash.Against all odds,the operation succeeds :the professor looks now like a young man ,but he is married to attractive Helena (Nicoletta Macchiavelli)and his own daughter falls in love with him!Freudian isn't it? Do not expect horror scenes,gore ,and monsters:like Doniol-Valcroze's precedent effort,it is a psychological drama ,with philosophical concerns:who am I ,now?


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