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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Movies: Doctors with extra body parts

After the alphabetic film list, Rupert Pupkin had to go to a numbered movies list. There's way too many possibilities, so I limited myself to movie titles with doctors who have too many of some body part.

[C'mon. Who else could or would do this?]

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) **1/2

The other Mabuse films ("Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler" and "Testament of Dr. Mabuse") are crime films that provide an important link between German expressionism and film noir. This is a much later film and not nearly as good, but it's still a watchable Fritz Lang picture.

If you want a multiple eye festival, you could watch this with "The 1000000 Eyes of Su-Muru" and "The Beast With 1000000 Eyes." It has to be noted, however, that Mabuse, Su-Muru and the Beast each have only two eyes!

The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) ***

Surprisingly good fantasy film starring, of all people, Tony Randall, in multiple roles.

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) **1/2

The only non-animated Dr. Suess film, this is the nightmare of any child forced to take piano lessons against their will. The set designs are spectacular; the music is not.

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) **

In the Hammer House of Horror tradition, this takes a slightly different twist on the Stevenson classic by making the Hyde character more attractive than the Jekyll.

The Man with Two Brains (1983) ***

Steve Martin plays the title man, Dr. Hfuruhurr (I think I got that spelled right), a neurosurgeon who falls in love with a brain in a vat. Martin's early films tend to be too manic and hit-and-miss, his later films overly mannered; this hits the sweet spot in the middle.

1 comment:

sea legs girl said...

Why is it that I'm always commenting on the Fritz Lang films? Definitely Die 1000 Augen sounds the most interesting, though it would be much better if it really had something to do with eyes.