The Doctor's Horrible Experiment

Le Testament du docteur Cordelier
by Jean Renoir 1h40min France 1959
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The Doctor's Horrible Experiment
by Jean Renoir

Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will.

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  • Jean-Louis Barrault : le docteur Cordelier/Opale
  • And with: Teddy Bilis, Michel Vitold, Jean Topart, Micheline Gary, Jacques Dannoville, André Certes, Jean-Pierre Granval, Gaston Modot, Jacqueline Morane


  • Director Jean Renoir
  • Scenario Jean Renoir
  • Dialogs Jean Renoir
  • Original work author Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Photo director Georges Leclerc
  • Set Design Marcel-Louis Dieulot
  • Costume Design Monique Dunan
  • Sound Joseph Richard
  • Editing Renée Lichtig
  • Original music Joseph Kosma
  • Production Compagny Compagnie Jean Renoir, R.T.F. - Radio Télévision Francaise, Sofirad

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,33:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1959
  • Release date for France11/16/1961
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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