Thursday, September 6, 2007

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964, George Pal)

"A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons."

This is easily one of the best find I have ever found while "digging for films" This one is a truly odd, quirky, fun, and fantastic find of a film.

The plot is simple: A Chinese man comes to a small town with his mysterious circus (as the plot outline already stated up there)

But there is one huge thing the plot outline from IMDB fails to mention....

This chinese man and his mysterious circus is the home of 7 odd "creatures". All 7 of these creatures are played by Tony Randall in an excellent performance. In this film he plays...

- Dr Lao
- Merlin
- Pan (from a Midsummer Nights Dream fame)
- Abominable Snowman
- Medusa
- A Giant Serpent
- Apollonius of Tyana

You have Tony Randall playing all of these characters with some excellent make up to help out his different performances for each character. On top of this you have some stop motion animation to showcase the big effect scenes.

Plus..once again...he plays Merlin/Medusa/the Abominable Snowman/AND a Giant Serpent (!!!!) I may sound immature but thats just kick ass.

The film might be a bit dated but the heart and message of the film are still there. Some people tend to get bored by these old fantasy/sci films but I love them. I especially liked this one because I thought the overall story and approach to the film was very original and on top of that told a very nice message that will never get old.

If you are into these kind of older films or if you know who George Pal is, then this one might be up your alley.

I know I really enjoyed myself during it.

- A-

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