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Experiment in Evil (1959)

Le testament du Docteur Cordelier (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama, Horror | TV Movie 4 July 1960
Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will...

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Jean Renoir

Writer:

Jean Renoir
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Dr. Cordelier / Opale
Teddy Bilis Teddy Bilis ... Maître Joly
Sylviane Margollé Sylviane Margollé ... Jeune fille
Jean Bertho Jean Bertho ... Premier passant
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... Deuxième passant
Annick Allières Annick Allières ... Voisine
Dominique Dangon Dominique Dangon ... Mère de la jeune fille
Jean Topart Jean Topart ... Désiré
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Docteur Séverin
Micheline Gary Micheline Gary ... Marguerite
Jacques Danoville Jacques Danoville ... Commissaire Lardaut (as Jacques Dannoville)
André Certes André Certes ... Inspecteur Salbris
Jean-Pierre Granval Jean-Pierre Granval ... Le patron de l'hôtel
Céline Sales Céline Sales ... La première fille
Jacqueline Morane Jacqueline Morane ... Alberte
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Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will...

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 July 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Experiment in Evil See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This TV program later had a theatrical release. See more »

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Version of Jikiru hakase no homa ga toki (1988) See more »

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Good/Bad intentions

I can see what everyone who enjoyed the movie sees in the film. There are quite a lot of good intentions in this one. Still the execution (I guess because it was made for TV) is not up to other Renoir movies. It also has dated quite badly. On the other hand, I watched the dubbed version, so I can only criticize the voices that were used, but I can also say that the body acting wasn't up to any good.

It's a shame that this didn't work for me, as it did for some people here, because I love quite a few Renoir movies and I was looking forward to this one. Yes there is a twist to the story, but I actually don't think it is that big a deal. Just because other movies who have adapted this, haven't gone that route (if you wanna know what this is based on, read the other reviews, many do write about it, I don't want to spoil it, in case you wanna watch the movie).


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