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Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | August 1994 (Canada)
A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Donnelly ... Doctor (as Donal Donelly)
David Burke ... Doctor
Peter Dvorsky ... Dr. Deslon
Alan Rickman ... Franz Anton Mesmer
Anna Thalbach ... Francisca
David Hemblen ... Dr. Ingehousz
Simon McBurney ... Franz
Gillian Barge ... Frau Mesmer
István Szilágyi István Szilágyi ... Coachman
János Gosztonyi János Gosztonyi ... Footman
Heinz Trixner Heinz Trixner ... Baron de Horka
Petra Koberl Petra Koberl ... Baroness de Horka
Peter Janisch Peter Janisch ... Chancellor
Caroline Holdaway Caroline Holdaway ... Felicity
Amanda Ooms ... Maria Theresa Paradies
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Storyline

The 18th-century Viennese medical establishment is threatened by the radical yet successful healing methods of Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer. Blind pianist Maria Theresa Paradies, daughter of a well-to-do businessman, becomes Mesmer's patient after he calms her seizure at a concert. As the two are drawn into an intimate relationship, the situation is used as an excuse to banish Mesmer from Vienna. Undaunted, he moves on, becoming a court favorite in Paris. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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Taglines:

Charlatan, Fraud... or Genius

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

Austria | Canada | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1994 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Mesmer - O Feiticeiro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP5,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Franz Anton Mesmer: [closing Francisca's eyelids] A little sleep, a little dream.
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Mesmer the first academic to explose the physical effects!!!
4 January 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

Franz Anton Mesmer was the very first academic to study and explose the physical effects on 18th century at Germany, his early works called animal magnestism later know as mesmerism, this picture just contenplate some yeras over his life when he healed a blind woman called Maria Theresa Paradis, after that he was expelled from Germany and going to Paris two years later, although too short and loosing time on small details, focusing mainly in his private life this picture treat a reasonable half understand over such famous doctor who break old paradigms, he wasn't completely understood until today, fiercely committed as charlatanism by medical community he suffered until his death, valuable movie by Alan Rickman!!

First watch: 2010 / How many: 2 / Source: DVD / Rating: 7.25


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