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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981)

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 17 June 1981 (France)
In 19th century London, a sex maniac sneaks into the engagement party of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osbourne, turning the event into a nightmarish whirlpool of murder and debauchery.

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Marina Pierro ...
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Mr. Edward Hyde
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Dr. Lanyon
Clément Harari ...
Reverend Donald Regan Guest
Jean Mylonas ...
Mr. Utterson
Eugene Braun Munk ...
Mr. Enfield
Louis Colla ...
Mr. Maw (as Louis Michel Colla)
Catherine Coste ...
Mrs. Enfield
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Lady Osbourne, Fanny's mother
Michèle Maze
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Charlotte Carew, the General's daughter
Magali Noaro ...
Victoria Enfield, the young dancer
Dominique Andersen
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The film takes place before, during and immediately after the engagement party of Dr.Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osborne, attended by numerous highly respectable guests (a general, a doctor, a priest, a lawyer), the last of which informs the company that a child has been murdered in the street outside. While the others watch a young dancer perform, Dr.Jekyll instructs the lawyer to alter his will, leaving everything to a certain Mr.Hyde. Shortly afterwards, the dancer is found murdered, and the guests realise that one of their number must be a maniac with a prodigious sexual appetite... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Recourse to evil runs rampant against the laws of human restraint.

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Borowczyk's Bloodbath of Doctor Jekyll  »

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Inspired by Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980), director Borowczyk brought actor 'Patrick Magee (I)' and cinematographer Martin Bell onto this production. He found Bell's work too slow, however, and had him replaced after three days' shooting. See more »

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General: Misfortune follows misfortune. Madame, I have murdered your chauffeur. My humblest apologies.
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Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973) See more »

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Truly transgressive
26 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can't believe I had never seen this film before but it would seem so unless I saw some heavily cut version on video, because this viewing was a revelation. Much helped by the musical score and varied conditions of light so loved of the director, this is unworldly from the start, despite its seeming drawing and dining room settings. Things go wrong (or is that rather, right?) from the very beginning as we get the impression of something ghastly going on and the film does not pause, indeed it gathers momentum all the time. As if we too are on the same drug, our perception and involvement changes as we begin to see the transformation of Jekyll through the eyes of his fascinated fiancé. Truly transgressive, this is a magnificent portrayal of repressed desires and the beast within and such is the level of joyous destruction and killing that I shall have to include it in my 'Sadean' list.


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