Docteur Jekyll et les femmes

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Docteur Jekyll et les femmes
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Directed by Walerian Borowczyk
Written by Walerian Borowczyk
Based on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Starring Udo Kier
Marina Pierro
Patrick Magee
Howard Vernon
Clement Harari
Music by Bernard Parmegiani
Cinematography Noël Véry
Edited by Khadicha Bariha
Release dates
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time 92 minutes
Country France

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes is a 1981 French horror film directed by Walerian Borowczyk. The film is a variation on Robert Louis Stevenson's story Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and stars Udo Kier, Marina Pierro and Howard Vernon.

The film was released in France in 1981 and won the award for "Best Feature Film Director" at the 1981 Sitges Film Festival for Borowczyk.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier), where the doctor is being feted prior to his engagement to the austere Miss Fanny Osborne (Marina Pierro). The guests arrive and are various dignitaries and officials. After a meal, the doctor is summoned to his laboratory, to get his will. He returns to the living room when a scream is heard where one of his guests has been discovered raped and murdered.

Henry Jekyll transforms to his alter ego by taking a bath filled with a chemical cocktail. He emerges physically transformed. His alter ego has none of the restrictions of morality and he proceeds to rape and torture various guests.

Eventually Fanny witnesses one such transformation. She leaps into the bath to be transformed as well. The two transformed leave the house and in an carriage they depart, whilst undertaking blood letting of each other, and love making.

Release[edit]

Borowczyk wanted to call his film Le cas étrange de Dr.Jekyll et Miss Osbourne but his producers insisted it be released under the title Docteur Jekyll et les femmes.[1] The film was released theatrically in the US and UK under the title Blood of Dr. Jekyll and then later on video as Bloodlust.[2] On the film's presentation at the Sitges Film Festival, it was shown under the title Docteur Jekyll et Miss Osborne.[3]

Reception[edit]

The film won Walerian Borowczyk the award for "Best Feature Film Director" at the 1981 Sitges Film Festival.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Atkinson, 2008. pg. 167
  2. ^ Binion, Cavett. "Docteur Jekyll et les Femmes - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards - AllRovi". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Sitges Film Festival - Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya » Archives › 1981". Sitges Film Festival. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 

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