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Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | August 1994 (Canada)
A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

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Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Donnelly ... Doctor (as Donal Donelly)
David Burke ... Doctor
Peter Dvorsky ... Dr. Deslon
Alan Rickman ... Franz Anton Mesmer
Anna Thalbach ... Francisca
David Hemblen ... Dr. Ingehousz
Simon McBurney ... Franz
Gillian Barge ... Frau Mesmer
István Szilágyi István Szilágyi ... Coachman
János Gosztonyi János Gosztonyi ... Footman
Heinz Trixner Heinz Trixner ... Baron de Horka
Petra Koberl Petra Koberl ... Baroness de Horka
Peter Janisch Peter Janisch ... Chancellor
Caroline Holdaway Caroline Holdaway ... Felicity
Amanda Ooms ... Maria Theresa Paradies
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Storyline

The 18th-century Viennese medical establishment is threatened by the radical yet successful healing methods of Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer. Blind pianist Maria Theresa Paradies, daughter of a well-to-do businessman, becomes Mesmer's patient after he calms her seizure at a concert. As the two are drawn into an intimate relationship, the situation is used as an excuse to banish Mesmer from Vienna. Undaunted, he moves on, becoming a court favorite in Paris. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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Taglines:

Charlatan, Fraud... or Genius

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Austria | Canada | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1994 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Mesmer - O Feiticeiro See more »

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Budget:

£5,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Franz Anton Mesmer: [with sarcasm] Professor Doctor Stoerk, can I help you at all? I deal with most derangements, sir.
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Worth seeing for the glass armonica!
15 July 2001 | by fortunaaSee all my reviews

Rickman saves the film. What can you say about a visually elegant, period piece with an unworthy script? It's a shame, because the glass armonica (a Ben Franklin invention) is authentic-looking and sounds eerily lovely. This film is worth renting just for that feature! I saw an armonica player at Colonial Williamsburg and was -- er -- mesmerized. It's a long, glass instrument that is played by spinning it in water. Hard to explain but so haunting, you'll never forget it. Also, there's a compelling scene when Mesmer leads a group of the lame and blind in a circle, so full of hope, and yet so very lost. Rickman looks wonderful whirling about in all those natty cloaks. He's the perfect Mesmer, in search of a script worthy of his gifts.


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