The Testament of Dr. Cordelier (1959)

Genres - Science Fiction, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Release Date - Jan 1, 1959 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Also known as Experiment in Evil, Jean Renoir's Testament of Dr. Cordelier was originally produced for French television. This retelling of the Jeckyll-Hyde legend adheres to Renoir's long-standing leitmotif of the individual who must stand alone because he is incapable of conforming. The original Robert Louis Stevenson story is updated, making several pointed comments about the good-evil dichotomy of the modern world. One problem: by utilizing the standard live-TV multicamera technique, Renoir is never able to impose his own high artistic standards. Telecast in France in 1961, Testament of Dr. Cordelier was never released theatrically in the US, though in recent years it has been made available on videocassette.




craziness, killing, mental-illness, role-switching, stalking, transformation, France