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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

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Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Ben Maddow, Fred Mustard Stewart (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Myles Clarkson
Jacqueline Bisset ... Paula Clarkson
Barbara Parkins ... Roxanne
Bradford Dillman ... Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)
William Windom ... Dr. West
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Maggie West
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Abby Clarkson
Curd Jürgens ... Duncan Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
Curt Lowens ... Agency Chief
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Conductor
Janee Michelle Janee Michelle ... Agency Chief's Girlfriend
Lilyan Chauvin ... Woman Writer
Khigh Dhiegh ... Zanc Theun
Alberto Morin ... Bennett
Berry Kroeger ... Raymont
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Storyline

Myles Clarkson (Alan Alda), a classical piano player on the rise, befriends Duncan Mowbray Ely (Curt Jurgens), a famous player himself who is at death's door. Unknown to Clarkson, Ely is a Satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano. Written by Humberto Amador

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The Devil Calls The Tune See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan, mon amour See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Producer Quinn Martin paid over $250,000 for the rights. See more »

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Quotes

Duncan Ely: People should be born at the age of 70 and live their life backwards.
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The Mephisto Waltz
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Excellent occult thriller with a surprising end, worth to be seen
19 December 1999 | by Kar-2See all my reviews

This is one of the best occult thrillers ever made. Direction, acting, cinematography and the music score are superb as is the script based on the Fred Mustard Stewart novel with the same title. Curd Juergens plays a famous concert pianist and Barbara Parkins his adoring incestuous daughter. Wanting to make their illicit love eternal they feel compelled to make ritualistic human sacrifices to Satan. The film aided by an excellent Jerry Goldsmith score manages to create an unsettling and more and more threatening atmosphere as the true nature of these two becomes clearer and a journalist played by Alan Alda gets drawn into their web. His wife, played by Jacqueline Bisset, sees the imminent danger in nightmares. These dream sequences that gradually unveil the shocking truth are extremely well filmed and the music enhances the emotional impact even further. This one is a real chiller with some very frightening moments and a very surprising end. Its many disturbing images will haunt you for quite some time. It proves that elegant filmmaking becomes the horror genre very well. I'd love to see The Mephisto Waltz released on DVD!


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