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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

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Cast

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Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)
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Dr. Roger West
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Maggie West
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Abby Clarkson
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Duncan Mowbray Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
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Gregory Morton ...
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Janee Michelle ...
Agency Chief's Girlfriend
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Woman Writer
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Zanc Theun
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Bennett
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Raymont
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Storyline

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 Humberto Amador

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Brace yourself for the ultimate transplant. The human soul. See more »


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11 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Satan, mon amour  »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Roxanne Delancey: I've changed my perfume... It's called Shalimar... You like it?
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Soundtracks

The Mephisto Waltz
Written by Franz Liszt
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Horror without fear.
26 June 2002 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

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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