This Jekyll / Hyde tale hides a moral so subversive it's hard to catch it. Once Renoir reaches Cordelier's "Testament", the Jekyll is revealed to be just as perverse and evil as the Hyde - one hides behind society and decorum, while the other is merely role play. Current events surrounding public figures abusing their position with sexual transgressions made this film timelier, and more sinister, for me.
Best Jerry Lewis film ever. Worst Jerry Lewis film ever. The only thing that could have improved it would have been for Joly to be the first murder victim. The only thing to possibly commend it is that it may have had a minor influence on Boro's version. Sad that Renoir Junior seems to have zero visual intelligence.
I didn't actually read the description on this, I just watched it because Mubi was doing a Jean Renoir marathon and I needed an education. I had no idea this was a Jekyll and Hide tale, and I really liked how it differed. Barrault's lead performance is something to be remembered.
The tale of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde never did much to capture my imagination and this film confirms the short comings of the source material. The film is clear and distinct to what it sets out to do. You can predict what happens from the onset of the film and you don't need to have read the source material to do so. That being said, the film is well edited and performed and just well constructed in every way.
I suppose the things I'm judging Testament on poorly are the very things others are praising it for. To me, it just came across over stylized and as if Renoir had lost patience for certain details. It feels heavily indebted to Robert Wiene and Fritz Lang....almost to the point of tribute. All that said, the film has an hypnotic effect and I found myself watching it to the very end. Reading the essays here helped out.
I am certain nobody reads these comments as I am the clouds will cover the eclipse in the Chicago area 08212017. This movie by Renoir, the little blond boy in the wonderful paintings by his father walks into a studio and says: “Do I look ok?” as if the next two hours will be his alone, then follows showing a horror story without cgi yet with perfect accoutrements, the hands, the jaws, the smirk…it gets no better...
(3.5 stars) Starts off a bit odd as Renoir walks into a tv studio to comment on the start of the film. Never really explained and completely unnecessary. But after that the movie takes over and we never return to the studio or Renoir. Filmed very well and the characters are odd and interesting to follow. Mr. Hyde (here called "Opale") is a dastardly creation. Fun stuff. Really enjoyed this version. Very well done.
Le docteur Cordelier, célèbre psychanalyste, donne à son ami, Maître Joly, son testament, dans lequel il déclare laisser tout ses biens, à un certain Opale. Maître Joly va être entraîné dans une sombre histoire entre trame policière et vertige fantastique ..... Une thématique souvent mieux traitée chez d'autres réalisateurs ..... www.cinefiches.com