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1. Mesmer
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
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Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Alan Rickman stars as Dr. Frantz Anton Mesmer, an Austrian physician in the 18th century who is considered to be the most influential figure in the development of hypnosis. Dr. Mesmer used magnets and metal frames in water to put his patients in a trance-like state in order to cleanse the magnetic forces in the body. He believed that a person's emotional and mental state was directly related to physical illness. He felt that everyone had the ability to heal themselves of any disease just by breaking through the mental barriers and 're-aligning' the magnetic forces. (I believe they call it 'life energy' today.)

Dr. Mesmer did achieve success with his treatment but was ridiculed and ostracized by the medical community. The staid medical establishment of the time did not approve of Mesmer's oftentimes theatrical performances and excessive showmanship. As a result, Mesmer was condemned by his medical colleagues and forced to leave Vienna. He practiced in Austria, Switzerland and Germany before settling in France.

Mr. Rickman truly captures the charismatic and controversial character of Dr. Mesmer. This film shows how the physician practiced his craft but I felt it didn't really explain how he developed his technique originally. (In fact, the film has a few unexplained gaps in it.) The movie focuses on two of Mesmer's patients; one is the cousin of his wife, the other is a gifted musician he encounters at a recital. His wife's cousin, a young girl, seems hopelessly brain damaged and he never really helps her. The musician is a beautiful young woman (Amanda Ooms) who is blind. Mesmer believes he can cure her blindness and becomes quite taken with her. He discovers that her father has been sexually abusing her since she was a young child. She lost her sight at the age of 3 and Mesmer believes that the abuse is perhaps what caused her blindness. The doctor's treatment to help her regain her sight seemingly fails until she falls and bumps her head. The impression here is that the fall is what really restores her sight but Mesmer (and the woman) believes he did it. Also highlighted in the movie is Mesmer's relationship with his wife, which is miserable. They seem to hate one another and I wondered why he married such a shrew in the first place. Another unexplained gap is when Mesmer is shown living in Paris for two years and you don't know if he is still married or not.

Even with the unexplained gaps this is still a very good movie. It is a must have for the Alan Rickman fan (which I am). I would have given it 5 stars except for the gaps and the ending, which leaves you hanging. After two years, the young woman is brought in to testify against Dr. Mesmer at a hearing. With her sight restored, the musician returned home and, in so doing, returned to her sexually abusive father. She felt abandoned by Mesmer and this, along with her father's abuse, resulted in the loss of her sight yet again. The movie ends with Mesmer and her just sitting silently together. Maybe I missed something but I just didn't get the ending. I'll have to watch the movie again. Still, I do recommend it and perhaps you will find yourself mesmerized by it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mesmer
Any movie with Alan Rickman is worth seeing, because he always puts everything he has into any performance. This is a movie I would not have seen if Alan Rickman weren't starring. The backdrops in Vienna were visually stunning. However, this is a movie about a doctor who was incompetant and didn't even know he was incompetant. This is a historical piece thus there are no significant conflicts in this film except between Mesmer and his wife and Mesmer and the rest of the medical community.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great film for Rickman
...okay, I am biased. I love everything Alan Rickman has done. I did do investigation of Mesmer before watching the movie in order to know what type of character he was portraying. The entire subject was intreguing. It brings to light the inadequancies of medicine during this time. The lack of common sense is appalling. BLEEDING people??? I don't think so. He brought to light the connection between a person's body and mind. Making them work together. The blindness of Maria Theresa, obviously a result of her fathers physical abuse of her at an early age, was sad because he could have cured her, but she was taken away by the money grubbers too soon. Yes, I was enthralled and hated to see it end.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the saddest movies ever +one of the best actors ever
First, to get some things clear: the boy is Mesmer's stepson and the marriage is propably a business arrangement, as hinted by both Mesmer and his wife. As marriages were in those days.

The movie then... Yes, at times Rickman's voice was very hard to hear and the plot seems a bit loose. I admit he's got the most expressive face, eyes, voice and hands in the movie business and for once they were very well portrayed. In fact, the movie seems to rely on them. I was a bit confused, too, what was the point of the movie. Was it a historical piece, romantic story - it even had some comedy, as great tragedies often have. Mesmer seems to fail, although in real life he actually did cure people. And then he said his bit about how much pain there is in the world and how he could not bare not to be able to do anything to relieve it. And there was the point; that's why Dennis Potter, already dying, wrote the script this way. Even the kissing scene, which to many people seems very romantic and sexy, seemed sad to me. As if Mesmer couldn't believe something like that really happens to him. Even the ending made sense, then. This is a man, whose heart is aching to do something good in a world filled with pain and cruelty, selfishness and ignorance, but fails because one man isn't enough. Even the one he cures isn't saved, because the world doesn't understand what he was trying to do, what he was trying to make people see. Dennis Potter's testament, maybe?

Oh yes, Rickman was born to wear cloaks (see Snape and Sheriff of Nottingham) and white ruffles around his throat, Amanda Ooms is lovely and the acting and the sceneries are great. And to remind, why Rickman is so great as a villain, he gets to throw the boy down the stairs. Suddenly a burst of energy and passion, making the character even more complicated, more human - because that's what Rickman does at his best: complete, complicated, deeply human characters.

It's a very different kind of movie and many may not like it, but it's well worth watching. One gets to see an actor like Rickman far too little, and Dennis Potter was an excellent writer, even if this wasn't his best script. I loved it. It was very different from the super hero and cartoon character movies. We need to be reminded of real humanity and the fragility of people this way, because there seems to be very little room for compassion, pity and understanding in today's world.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Story of Early Hypnosis!
This is a fascinating movie for any student/practitioner of hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Alan Rickman is wonderful as Dr. Mesmer, the Austrian physician credited as the "Father of Hypnotism". Rickman captures the nuances of "waking" suggestion perfectly, using his voice and touch to produce trance state in his patients.(Eg. "Ladies, don't be surprised if you should swoon!") Particularly interesting is his experimental treatment of hysterical blindness which culminates in the accidental discovery that the "shock/surprise factor" is necessary to effect the desired healing. A lot of this is going to be missed by casual viewers who lack an understanding of hypnotism. But, Rickman plays a Mesmer who is, himself, struggling to understand the marvelous techniques he is discovering. His efforts fail at least as often as he succeeds. This makes him a sympathetic, if enigmatic character. Not a movie for the masses, but I loved it! ... Read more


2. The Women on the Roof
Director: Carl-Gustav Nykvist
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Sales Rank: 59749
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Affair? NOT
It really boggles my mind how you can make a movie about two women having an affair and not show them having the affair. They never even kissed once. They did show them lying naked next to each other "sleeping" but not how they got that way. What a disappoint and waste of money. Was this movie really made in 1997? Or 1897?

4-0 out of 5 stars B+
Set in rural Sweden in the late 1800's, "The Ox" (original Swedish title "Oxen") is an insightful period film starring Stellan Skärsgard, Liv Ullman, and Max Von Sydow, and is directed by Sven Nykvist. ... Read more


3. Wilderness
Director: Ben Bolt (II)
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Sales Rank: 50816
Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not the book...
Being a huge fan of werewolf fiction, I absolutely love the book "Wilderness" by Dan Danvers. When I saw this film on the shelves of the movie rental place I picked it up immediately. The first time I watched it, I was sorely, sorely dissapointed. The movie is so far from the book that it is almost an entirely different story. But as I got to thinking about it later, I realized that in its own right it's not half-bad. In fact, if you can forget the book while you're watching it, it is quite good. If you can keep in mind that the movie is not the book then you might just enjoy it.

To the person who said that Erik was a wolf biologist in the book: You need to re-read the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wolf Love....
Alice White is a librarian with a secret problem...She's a werewolf! After dating and (dumping), a series of losers, Alice consults an unscrupulous psychiatrist to help her with her problems. Over time, the psychiatrist falls in love with her and tries to manipulate her into a relationship not really believing Alice can turn into a wolf. Can Alice control the 'wolf within?' Or is she destined to be an outcast in human AND wolf society.

I enjoyed this movie, despite the cast of rather skanky male leads (Why is it that they always pair a beautiful woman with horribly unattractive men?)Even without this detractor, I enjoyed this film. A++++

1-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book.
I read Dennis Danver's "Wilderness" before I saw the movie based on it. The book wasn't too bad, and I liked some parts of it (such as the fact that the werewolf was NOT a murderer, and was supposed to look like a real wolf when in wolf-form). I rented the movie expecting the same story as in the book, but I was dissapointed. The movie takes place in Britain, while the book takes place in Virginia and Canada (I would have liked to have seen more woods and less inner-city London, I believe the book had more scenes in the woods than the movie). The movie also ends differently than the book. The movie did seem to use a real wolf (which is a plus), but the computer-generated transformation scenes leave something to be desired (they are too quick to be really interesting and at least one full-body transformation scene just didn't look right, some of the human body-parts don't seem to turn into the equivalent wolf body-parts). I would recomend reading the book, and avoiding the movie. If you want to see a good werewolf movie, I reccomend "The Company of Wolves" (which stars Angela Lansbury and uses some real wolves) and "Wolf" (which stars Jack Nicholson).

1-0 out of 5 stars Total Bomb!
I saw this movie and thought Finally!! someone made a movie based on the wonderful book by Dennis Danvers. Rented and blech! Terrible. Not at all like the book. First of all they changed the biologist's name from Erik to Dan. Then they make him a penguin biologist. Give me a break! He was a wolf biologist. Then they add in the parts like the wolf eating a little girl. Never happened in the book. and the worse part was the ending. Erik/Dan is suppose to stay with Alice. But whoever made this film did a total 180 and had the guy go back to his ex-wife. Shudder and gag. As werewolf movies this was marginally ok, especially with the effects. But the low rating is from the fact that it is totally and completely different from the book that it is suppose to be based on. If you want a good werewolf video, keep looking.

3-0 out of 5 stars british chic flic
For a girl movie I rate it tops. It has a great cast mostly from british Dr. Who, Quack phsyciatrist and collegue's wife. I think I'll pitch it into the "give to girlfriend for X-mas" bin. ... Read more


4. The Mozart Brothers
Director: Suzanne Osten
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Sales Rank: 37277
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Mozart Brothers
If you want a serious film of the full Don Giovanni, this isn't it. What it IS is a funny and moving film about the very unusual way in which an opera director prepares his cast and orchestra for a production of this famous opera. The greatest thing for me was the manner in which it reminds you of what art really SHOULD be - a deeply emotional experience which somehow connects one with another person. The result is...well, you find out. Only thing wrong? By the end, I was desperate to see the full production the cast had been rehearsing, but which was only only shown in parts. Funny and touching. Watch it at night with a drink or two. ... Read more


5. Wilderness
Director: Ben Bolt (II)
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Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not the book...
Being a huge fan of werewolf fiction, I absolutely love the book "Wilderness" by Dan Danvers. When I saw this film on the shelves of the movie rental place I picked it up immediately. The first time I watched it, I was sorely, sorely dissapointed. The movie is so far from the book that it is almost an entirely different story. But as I got to thinking about it later, I realized that in its own right it's not half-bad. In fact, if you can forget the book while you're watching it, it is quite good. If you can keep in mind that the movie is not the book then you might just enjoy it.

To the person who said that Erik was a wolf biologist in the book: You need to re-read the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wolf Love....
Alice White is a librarian with a secret problem...She's a werewolf! After dating and (dumping), a series of losers, Alice consults an unscrupulous psychiatrist to help her with her problems. Over time, the psychiatrist falls in love with her and tries to manipulate her into a relationship not really believing Alice can turn into a wolf. Can Alice control the 'wolf within?' Or is she destined to be an outcast in human AND wolf society.

I enjoyed this movie, despite the cast of rather skanky male leads (Why is it that they always pair a beautiful woman with horribly unattractive men?)Even without this detractor, I enjoyed this film. A++++

1-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book.
I read Dennis Danver's "Wilderness" before I saw the movie based on it. The book wasn't too bad, and I liked some parts of it (such as the fact that the werewolf was NOT a murderer, and was supposed to look like a real wolf when in wolf-form). I rented the movie expecting the same story as in the book, but I was dissapointed. The movie takes place in Britain, while the book takes place in Virginia and Canada (I would have liked to have seen more woods and less inner-city London, I believe the book had more scenes in the woods than the movie). The movie also ends differently than the book. The movie did seem to use a real wolf (which is a plus), but the computer-generated transformation scenes leave something to be desired (they are too quick to be really interesting and at least one full-body transformation scene just didn't look right, some of the human body-parts don't seem to turn into the equivalent wolf body-parts). I would recomend reading the book, and avoiding the movie. If you want to see a good werewolf movie, I reccomend "The Company of Wolves" (which stars Angela Lansbury and uses some real wolves) and "Wolf" (which stars Jack Nicholson).

1-0 out of 5 stars Total Bomb!
I saw this movie and thought Finally!! someone made a movie based on the wonderful book by Dennis Danvers. Rented and blech! Terrible. Not at all like the book. First of all they changed the biologist's name from Erik to Dan. Then they make him a penguin biologist. Give me a break! He was a wolf biologist. Then they add in the parts like the wolf eating a little girl. Never happened in the book. and the worse part was the ending. Erik/Dan is suppose to stay with Alice. But whoever made this film did a total 180 and had the guy go back to his ex-wife. Shudder and gag. As werewolf movies this was marginally ok, especially with the effects. But the low rating is from the fact that it is totally and completely different from the book that it is suppose to be based on. If you want a good werewolf video, keep looking.

3-0 out of 5 stars british chic flic
For a girl movie I rate it tops. It has a great cast mostly from british Dr. Who, Quack phsyciatrist and collegue's wife. I think I'll pitch it into the "give to girlfriend for X-mas" bin. ... Read more


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