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Le testament du Docteur Cordelier

Jean Renoir Frankreich, 1959

dAlton Anthony's rating of the film The Testament of Dr. Cordelier

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.