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THE BODY SNATCHER

THE BODY SNATCHER
by Robert Wise
Country: USA
Year: 1945
Duration: 78'


Based on the short story The Body Snatcher by Stevenson (who was inspired by the story of Burke and Hare, murderers and dealers in corpses in Edinburgh in the early 1800s), the sinister drama of Dr. MacFarlane, a surgeon and professor of anatomy, and his ambiguous relationship with the coachman John Gray, who steals corpses. Boris Karloff (Gray) in one of the best roles of his career, no longer a monster but a loquacious, astute, lower-class Scot with a black soul.

Biography

film director

Robert Wise

FILMOGRAFIA

filmografia essenziale/essential filmographyThe Curse of the Cat People (Il giardino delle streghe, 1944), The Body Snatcher (La jena - L’uomo di mezzanotte, 1945), The Set-Up (Stasera ho vinto anch’io, 1949), The Day the Earth Stood Still (Ultimatum alla terra, 1951), Somebody Up There Likes Me (Lassù qualcuno mi ama, 1956), West Side Story (id., 1961), The Haunting (Gli invasati, 1963), The Sound of Music (Tutti insieme appassionatamente, 1965), Star Trek - The Motion Picture (Star Trek, 1979).

Cast

& Credits

robert wise
THE BODY SNATCHER
Usa, 1945, 78’, bn/bw

regia/director
Robert Wise
soggetto/story
dal racconto Il trafugatore di salme di/from the short story of the same title by Robert Louis Stevenson
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Philip MacDonald, Carlos Keith [Val Lewton]
fotografia/cinematography
Robert De Grasse
montaggio/film editing
J. R. Whittredge
scenografia/production design
Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller
musica/music
Roy Webb
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Boris Karloff (John Gray), Bela Lugosi (Joseph), Henry Daniell (Toddy MacFarlane), Edith Atwater (Meg)
produttore/producer
Val Lewton
produzione/production
RKO Radio Pictures
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