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Jean Renoir
3.4
115 Ratings

The Testament of Dr. Cordelier

Le testament du Docteur Cordelier

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1959
Drama, Horror, TV Movie
  • French
  • English
Jean Renoir

Synopsis

This loose adaptation and updating of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was Renoir’s first made-for-TV film. Jean-Louis Barrault (Children of Paradise) delivers a chilly and enigmatic performance as Dr. Cordelier/Opale in a film that was shot quickly.

Our take

Jean Renoir’s oeuvre is one of boundless ambition in humanism, satire, and delicate dramatics. His final films play as zeniths to all these aspects, and amongst them is this invigorated Jekyll & Hyde revision which stands as one of his finest treatments on the theme of the individual versus society.

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