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Mesmer

Vienna around 1770. The physician Franz Anton Mesmer arouses the anger of the medical world of the late 18th century as well as the imaginations of his often young and attractive female patients by his practices as a "faith healer". Mesmer's major 'case' is the blind pianist Maria Theresa Paradies. In an approach that is revolutionary for this time, Mesmer diagnoses her blindness as being hysterical denial. The two discover that they are kindred spirits in the middle of a world distorted by suffering and misery. While there is further progress with Maria Theresa's treatment, Mesmer is condemned by the medical faculty as a charlatan, conman and false faith healer and is banished from Vienna.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1994
Director Roger Spottiswoode
Screenplay Dennis Potter
Cinematography Elemer Ragalyi
Sussn Shipton
Michael Nyman
Cast Alan Rickman, Amanda Ooms, Gillian Barge, David Hemblen, Anna Thalbach
Producers Wieland Schulz-Keil, L.W. Reynolds, R.D. Goodale
Production Companies Levergreen/London, Accent Entertainment/Toronto
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
Festivals Montreal 1994 (in competition)
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