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Plot: A remake of "The Man in Half Moon Street" (1945) (qv.). Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he's really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200. Written by Mike… Runtime: 83 min Release Date: 30 Nov 1959
A fine film well worth watching. (by english-rose)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death is a remake of The Man In Half Moon Street, the stage version of which also starred Anton Diffring. The book of this title gives much more back-ground to the character of Georges Bonnet which explains his actions, but unfortunately is lost in the film version, but I think Anton Diffring conveys the torturous life of Bonnet very well. Although he appears cold and heartless he is in fact in desperate need of being loved in a secure relationship, but because of his past he cannot allow himself to achieve this. He is incapable of understanding why his actions are so <more>
wrong, and this makes him a vulnerable character despite his obvious intelligence, success and wealth and in the end invokes pity from the audience. I believe Peter Cushing was originally down to play the starring role in this film opposite his familiar adversary Christopher Lee, but because of other commitments he had to turn down the part and suggested Diffring instead. From appearing cold and heartless to pleading and frightened I think Anton Diffring excels in this film and was the perfect choice for the role, although in some parts the acting would have benefited from more positive directing. Christopher Lee and Hazel Court are excellent in their roles and give fine performances in what is a thought provoking and beautifully shot film.
We were really shocked by this Hammer studio early work. It deals with Perverted science, that got the way to be healthy all the time. An old professor takes experiment on his senior student. And the student becomes immortal, except one thing- he needs to make and drink some gravy green stuff and kill people to get the raw-materials for work. The film is almost HP Lovecraft's story and has both science fiction and gore. Finally the question of eternal life is the most striking of all. This film is for people who care a lot about physical side of life.www.myspace.com/neizvest
Enjoyable Hammer horror outing (by Woodyanders)
Paris, France in 1890. The ruthless and unscrupulous Dr. Georges Bonnet well played with chilling conviction by Anton Diffring has found the secret to living forever by using glands taken from unwilling donors. More honorable colleague Dr. Pierre Gerrard the always excellent Christopher Lee suspects that something is amiss with Bonnet and becomes determined to stop him.Director Terence Fisher relates the compelling story at a steady pace, offers a flavorsome evocation of the late 19th century period setting, stages the fiery climax with exciting aplomb, and does a nice job of conjuring up <more>
a reasonable amount of misty'n'spooky atmosphere in a few back alley scenes. Jimmy Sangster's smart and literate script addresses interesting issues concerning ethics, moral responsibility, and upsetting the balance of nature. Diffring brings a strong sense of urgency and even a touch of pathos to his juicy lead role, with Bonnet paying a heavy lonely and emotional price for his immortality. Moreover, there are sturdy supporting contributions from Hazel Court as the sweet Janine DuBois, Arnold Marle as the aging and ailing, yet resolutely principled Professor Ludwig Weiss, Delphi Lawrence as the bitter Margo Philippe, and Francis De Wolff as the pesky Inspector Legris. Both Jack Asher's vibrant color cinematography and Richard Rodney Bennett's rousing score are both up to par. While this film does occasionally get bogged down in too much talk, it nonetheless still rates as extremely intelligent and entertaining fright fare just the same.