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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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Myles Clarkson
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Paula Clarkson
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Roxanne Delancey
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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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Agency Chief
Gregory Morton ...
Conductor
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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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)  »

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Satan, mon amour  »

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Has the singular distinction of being the only theatrical film produced by Twentieth Century-Fox during the entire calendar year of 1970, this due to financial reversals incurred by the studio when several of its recent films failed at the box office. See more »

Quotes

Duncan Ely: People should be born at the age of 70 and live their life backwards.
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Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) See more »

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The Mephisto Waltz
Written by Franz Liszt
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Music and Devil
30 June 2004 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

This 1971 movie is definitely worth seeing, at least for a melancholically superb Jacqueline Bisset (at the same time, the other main character, Alan Alda, offers a lousy and histrionic performance). Even if it may seem obsolete, the movie still gives one chills down the spine at some moments, and the end is maybe a recognition of the fact that Evil is always more tempting than the Good. All in all, the old Faustian theme is well depicted in this movie, with some interesting arabesques (but why do the Satan worshipers speak a terrible French in their rituals - that I do not know, a superb score (naturally, since it is about the world of pianists and music) and some subtle meditations about the condition of the artist today and always. 7/10


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