The Mephisto Waltz

The Mephisto Waltz

Director: Paul Wendkos Cast: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins

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Overview

Adapted from a Fred Mustard Stewart novel, this offbeat occult thriller stars Alan Alda (just prior to his eleven-year stint on M*A*S*H) as journalist and burgeoning musician Myles Clarkson, whose long-sought interview with ailing concert pianist (and closet Satanist) Duncan Ely (Curt Jurgens) leads to a mysterious ritual in which Ely's soul is transferred into Clarkson's body at the moment of the elder man's death. Further complications ensue when Myles' wife Paula (Jacqueline Bisset) discovers the none-too-subtle change in her husband's behavior, and she is pulled deeper into Ely's twisted circle. The plot thickens as further soul-swapping, dark family secrets, and demonic possession come into play. A heavy sense of doom pervades this bizarre film, thanks to some offbeat cinematography and eerie music, as well as some truly shocking setpieces courtesy of prolific TV director Paul Wendkos, who helmed the excellent Legend of Lizzie Borden. The prosaic Alda lacks the dangerous edge his character demands, but Bisset's performance is chillingly effective.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2017
UPC: 0738329207410
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 40,192

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Bill Cooke; Audio commentary by actress Pamelyn Ferdin, moderated by filmmaker Elijah Drenner; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Alda Myles Clarkson
Jacqueline Bisset Paula Clarkson
Barbara Parkins Roxanne
Bradford Dillman Bill Delancey
William Windom Dr. West
Terence Scammell Richard
Curd Jurgens Duncan Ely
Lilyan Chauvin Woman Writer
Khigh Dhiegh Zanc Theun
Berry Kroeger Raymont
Janee Michelle Agency Head's Girl
Alberto Morin Bennet
Kathleen Widdoes Maggie West
Pamelyn Ferdin Abby Clarkson
Curt Lowens Agency Head
Gregory Morton Conductor

Technical Credits
Paul Wendkos Director
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
John A. Bonner Sound/Sound Designer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Richard Brockway Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
David Hall Asst. Director
Richard Y. Haman Art Director
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Maddow Screenwriter
Quinn Martin Producer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
William W. Spencer Cinematographer
Dan Striepeke Makeup

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