Alan Alda plays a classical piano player on the rise who befriends a famous player himself who's at death's door. Unknown to Alda, the guy 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 (thus needing a skilled piano player like Alda to switch bodies with). Written by
At one point in the film, there is a very subtle reference to the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button", the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald first published in 1922. When Myles is having his facial mask done by Paula, Duncan comes into the room and after a few moments says "People should be born at seventy, and live their life backwards!" This is the exact age of Benjamin Button when he is "born" in the Fitzgerald story. See more »
One asks himself after the movie: who is the devil? He never shows up, but you see his feet. The theme of the Mephisto Waltz of Franz Liszt has nothing do do with the movie. The actors are great: Jacqueline Bisset as Paula Clarkson is even more beautiful without make-up. Curd Jürgens as Duncan Ely is satisfying. But the story misses focus and goes in all directions. The ending is so disappointing that it destroys the building up of the story. After all an interesting subject that deserves a better script.
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