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Ten Days Wonder (1971)

La décade prodigieuse (original title)
Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the ... See full summary »

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Claude Chabrol

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Frederic Dannay (based on the novel by) (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (based on the novel by) (as Ellery Queen) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Anthony Perkins ... Charles Van Horn - le fils déséquilibré de Théo
Michel Piccoli ... Paul Regis - un psychologue, l'ancien professeur de Charles
Marlène Jobert ... Hélène Van Horn - la jeune épouse de Théo
Orson Welles ... Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Ludovic Van Horn - le frère et régisseur de Théo
Ermanno Casanova Ermanno Casanova ... Vieillard borgne
Mathilde Ceccarelli Mathilde Ceccarelli ... Réceptionniste hôtel
Eric Frisdal Eric Frisdal ... Charles enfant
Aline Mantovani Aline Mantovani ... Hélène enfant
Corinne Koeningswarter Corinne Koeningswarter ... Hélène enfant
Tsilla Chelton ... Mère Théo
Giovanni Sciuto Giovanni Sciuto ... Prêteur
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Commissaire
Fabienne Gaugloff Fabienne Gaugloff ... Petite fille du train
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Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful tycoon father (Orson Welles). Welcomed by Welles' young wife (Marlene Jobert), Piccoli soon finds a nest of rats beneath the bourgeoisie voluptuousness -- a clan bound in a circle of illicit romance, blackmail, faked burglaries and, of course, murder. Written by joeyc187

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The HOW and the WHY of a murder... as well as the WHO. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Drama

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France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Days Wonder See more »

Filming Locations:

Colmar, Haut-Rhin, France See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Claude Chabrol often quoted this film as the one he completely missed by "excess of ambition" he says . In an episode of the cartoon series Rubrique-à-brac, Marcel Gotlib made an illustrated criticism, mocking more specifically the false nose of Orson Welles. Later, Claude Chabrol admitted himself to have somehow "sacrificed" his film to this coquetry of the actor See more »

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Paul Regis: There is no room for gods like you among men.
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Pour moi mon chagrin
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dreary non-thriller
18 February 2002 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

Now is the winter of our discontent... TVOntario's Chaine francaise is having a Chabrol retrospective in February and March; we have already seen La route de Corinthe (silly spy caper only made bearable by Jean Seberg's presence) and Les biches (could have been made for a glossy decor magazine; the trite lesbian coupling is never believable). Now we have La decade prodigieuse (Ten Day's Wonder).

The chateau reflects the Twenties and the elegance of the Jazz Age, but the costumes were ridiculous. Tony Perkins in plus-fours and a ridiculous cap is not in tune with Jay Gatsby: in fact he looks like a regular at a really foppish gay bar. Marlene Jobert's costumes are those of a convent school product. Orson Welles has been fitted with a fake nose that's a really awful greenish color; otherwise he looks the way he used to in those Paul Masson commercials.

A murder mystery that can't create atmosphere, or creates the wrong kind, is never successful. Tsilla Chelton, so wonderful in Tatie Danielle, has a cameo as Perkins's mother: she does a Mrs. Rochester impression that makes you believe she's going to burn the house down. The blackmail payments are confusing and badly handled. The strong hints of pedophilia in the Welles-Jobert marriage seem to come from another film.

Chabrol is a lazy filmmaker whose vast output--just look at all the entries in his filmography--indicates efficiency rather than talent. He'll give you a rare good film (Les cousins) amid lots of schlock.


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