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Ten Days' Wonder [DVD] [1971]

SKU:5299955
Release Date:05/20/2003
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In this ponderous French mystery-drama, based on an Ellery Queen story, blackmail would seem to be the least of the problems of Charles (Anthony Perkins). His adoptive father Theo (Orson Welles) has a madwoman for a mother, and a gorgeous woman of Charles' age (Marlene Jobert) for a wife. In fact, Charles is deeply attracted to her. In addition, his father encourages the whole family to dress in '20s clothing, which makes them all feel out of place. However, when he wakes in a strange bed with blood on his hands and no memory of anything the night before, he gets a little bit frantic. He calls Paul, his old professor of philosophy (Michel Piccoli), one of the few non-family members he can trust for discreet help. Theo has made his country estate into an eerily independent universe, not like anyplace else. Paul accompanies Charles to the father's strange home, and uses his philosophical training to try to solve the mystery of the bloody hands.
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    Overview

    Special Features


    • Interactive menus
    • Audio commentary by F.X. Feeney (film critic/screenwriter) Andy Klein (film critic) and Wade Major (film critic)
    • Scene access
    • Filmographies
    • Trailer
    • Still Gallery

    Synopsis


    Ten Days' Wonder
    In this ponderous French mystery-drama, based on an Ellery Queen story, blackmail would seem to be the least of the problems of Charles (Anthony Perkins). His adoptive father Theo (Orson Welles) has a madwoman for a mother, and a gorgeous woman of Charles' age (Marlene Jobert) for a wife. In fact, Charles is deeply attracted to her. In addition, his father encourages the whole family to dress in '20s clothing, which makes them all feel out of place. However, when he wakes in a strange bed with blood on his hands and no memory of anything the night before, he gets a little bit frantic. He calls Paul, his old professor of philosophy (Michel Piccoli), one of the few non-family members he can trust for discreet help. Theo has made his country estate into an eerily independent universe, not like anyplace else. Paul accompanies Charles to the father's strange home, and uses his philosophical training to try to solve the mystery of the bloody hands. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Orson Welles
      Orson Welles - Theo
    • Anthony Perkins
      Anthony Perkins - Charles
    • Marlène Jobert
      Marlène Jobert - Helene
    • Michel Piccoli
      Michel Piccoli - Paul
    • Guido Alberti
      Guido Alberti - Ludovic




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