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Director: Alexander Whitelaw
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Hiram Keller, Tina Aumont

Production year: 1975

Rated: NR

Color 1.85:1 Enhanced

Language: English

Region 1 DVD

 

Lifespan

 

Cult icon Klaus kinski features in this dark and intriguing existential thriller. He plays the mysterious "Swiss Man" - ruthless industrialist Nicolas Ulrich - who is obsessed with a search for the elixir of life. He tricks a young American scientist into joining him on his demonic quest. A quest that ends in suicide, death and madness.

 

The story takes place in the atmospheric European city of Amsterdam. Its winding alleys and ancient canals trap the characters in a labyrinthine maze as they find themselves manipulated like figures on a giant chessboard.

 

The film was controversial in its day for the extended bondage scene featuring female star Tina Aumont. This was cut in many countries, but is complete in this version. The brilliant soundtrack, unavailable for over 30 years, is by avant garde composer Terry Riley.

 

Bonus Features include:

 

         Brand new HD digital master

         Exclusive interview with film's director

         Director's commentary track

         Trailer

         Mondo Macabro previews

 

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