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Experiment in Evil (1959)

Le testament du Docteur Cordelier (original title)
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...

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writer:

Jean Renoir
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Le docteur Cordelier / Opale
Teddy Bilis Teddy Bilis ... Maître Joly
Sylviane Margollé Sylviane Margollé ... La petite fille agressée par Opale
Jean Bertho Jean Bertho ... Le premier passant lors de l'agression
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... Le deuxième passant lors de l'agression
Annick Allières Annick Allières ... Une voisine
Dominique Dangon Dominique Dangon ... La mère de la petite fille
Jean Topart Jean Topart ... Désiré - le majordome
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Le docteur Lucien Séverin
Micheline Gary Micheline Gary ... Marguerite
Jacques Danoville Jacques Danoville ... Le commissaire Lardaut (as Jacques Dannoville)
André Certes André Certes ... L'inspecteur Salbris
Jean-Pierre Granval Jean-Pierre Granval ... Le patron de l'hôtel de passe
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 | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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This TV program later had a theatrical release. See more »

Connections

Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) See more »

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This Hyde doesn't use make-up
25 June 2008 | by ghostofmrpalmerSee all my reviews

GPeoples-2 Made a comment about the lead actor's "rudimentary's make-up". The fact is Barrualt used no make-up, or camera tricks in his transformation. Barrualt was one of the most respected mime artists ever to live, displaying his talents in "Les Enfants du Paradise", and this brilliant film. His transformation is absolutely brilliant, and quite shocking to watch. Jean Renoir was one of the best directors who ever lived, and the fact that he made this brilliant made for TV film so late in his career, 1959, is a testament to his talents as a director and storyteller.

If you can get a hold of this film I don't think you'll be disappointed.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 November 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Experiment in Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

FRF60,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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