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Lifespan

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Cult icon Klaus Kinski features in this dark and intriguing existential thriller. He plays the mysterious "Swiss Man," ruthless industrialist Nicolas Ulrich, who is obsessed with a search for the elixir of life. He tricks a young American scientist into joining him on his demonic quest. A quest that ends in suicide, death and madness.
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  • Actors: Hiram Keller, Tina Aumont, Klaus Kinski, Fons Rademakers, Eric Schneider
  • Directors: Alexander Whitelaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mondo Macabre
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F48DDC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lifespan" on IMDb

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I really enjoy this film, which was directed by Alexander Whitelaw, [who only made one other (forgettable) movie over 20 years later]. It's the kind of thing that comes off like low-budget Eurotrash at first, but it has a style, pace, atmosphere and ideas that keep drawing you back into it. I found myself thinking about it days afterwards, and ended up watching it many more times. It seems Whitelaw was very influenced by the ideas of Alex Comfort and Edward de Bono, in terms of gerontology studies, game theory, and creative logic. In the commentary, he also says that this film inspired Roman Polanski to make The Tenant a couple years later; (the notion of a guy living in a suicide's apartment, following in their footsteps, and losing his grip on sanity). What startled me, however, was that Whitelaw claims to believe that immortality is not only possible but would be a good thing, while I found the whole movie to be a condemnation of believing in such fantasies. I still get that too, no matter how many times I see it. I like to compare Lifespan to another early 70s oddity; The Wicker Man, made by another erstwhile director, Robin Hardy. They are both about a naïve and somewhat arrogant guy trying to solve a mystery, but are really being led through a maze by a creepy mastermind with extremely nutty beliefs. In both films, a pretty young woman is used as bait, although she also seems to want to save the poor guy, but he is driven to pursue his course to wherever it takes him. One is about religion, and the other focuses on science, but they are both about the dangers of fanaticism.
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This won't appeal to the average viewer, but there's a certain type who will swoon over it. Recommended for anyone who has thing for three or more on this list: Tina Aumont, Klaus Kinski, Terry Riley, Amsterdam, Transhumanism, immortality plays, euro-cult cinema, experimental storytelling, cerebral science fiction.

Or you might like it if you appreciate any of these (and versa vice): THE TENANT, NOSFERATU PHANTOM DER NACHT, SHIVERS, LA NUIT DES TRAQUEES, LIFEFORCE, DEMON SEED, PHASE IV, THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE, THE FREAKMAKER, THE GARDENER, A BELL FROM HELL, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, ZEDER.
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This strange combination of science fiction, murder mystery and medical experimentation isn't missing much to be a precursor to "The X-Files". Tina Aumont, who I've had a thing for since high school, shines in this bizarre tale with kinky sex intertwined with conspiracy theory and Klaus Kinski's usually vivid villainy. It isn't perfect by any means but is interesting with a European setting and the science in this '70s film has become the stuff of TV ads for nutrition and anti-aging products.
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I have probably seen this movie way more times than any human being should have, and it is truly a garment I wear proudly. Watch it alone, watch it with your colleagues, watch it drunk or sober, just watch it. You are under obligation to yourself.

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