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Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | August 1994 (Canada)
A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Donnelly ... Doctor (as Donal Donelly)
David Burke ... Doctor
Peter Dvorsky ... Dr. Deslon
Alan Rickman ... Franz Anton Mesmer
Anna Thalbach ... Francisca
David Hemblen ... Dr. Ingehousz
Simon McBurney ... Franz
Gillian Barge ... Frau Mesmer
István Szilágyi István Szilágyi ... Coachman
János Gosztonyi János Gosztonyi ... Footman
Heinz Trixner Heinz Trixner ... Baron de Horka
Petra Koberl Petra Koberl ... Baroness de Horka
Peter Janisch Peter Janisch ... Chancellor
Caroline Holdaway Caroline Holdaway ... Felicity
Amanda Ooms ... Maria Theresa Paradies
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Storyline

The 18th-century Viennese medical establishment is threatened by the radical yet successful healing methods of Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer. Blind pianist Maria Theresa Paradies, daughter of a well-to-do businessman, becomes Mesmer's patient after he calms her seizure at a concert. As the two are drawn into an intimate relationship, the situation is used as an excuse to banish Mesmer from Vienna. Undaunted, he moves on, becoming a court favorite in Paris. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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Taglines:

Charlatan, Fraud... or Genius

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Austria | Canada | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1994 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Mesmer - O Feiticeiro See more »

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Budget:

£5,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Franz Anton Mesmer: [closing Francisca's eyelids] A little sleep, a little dream.
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The way the subject was handled left me, yes, disappointed.
19 December 2001 | by halle95See all my reviews

The jacket looked interesting and the subject matter is definitely interesting, but.....I found the movie disappointing....True, the main characters had situations that should have kept the viewer intent on the outcome, but.....the way it was handled left me, yes, disappointed. Also, there are many parts in the movie where the dialog is presented at so low a volume that I could not catch it all, a lot was almost mumbled....??? why??? for intimacy? I could not understand just exactly WHAT Mesmer's theory really was, except for the fact that in the end he confesses that as a child he saw that all of creation was in harmony except for people and he tried to relieve the pain and suffering he saw in humanity.....The psychological state of the blind pianist was indeed interesting though. The costumes of the period ARE worth seeing and by watching the way mental illness was handled in that day, one comes away thankful the same conditions do not exist now. Doctor Mesmer reacted to the suffering of others and was out of the norm in his treatment of them, but something was missing. It does show his empathy.


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