Die große Versuchung (1952)

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A man leads a bizarre double life, and the pressure of keeping his two identities going puts him under severe pressure. Eventually he has to make a decision.


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Rolf Hansen


Hans Kades (novel), Kurt Heuser

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27 October 1999 | J. Steed
The title translates into "the great temptation", but do not be tempted to watch this ridiculous doctor's drama. It is about a student of medicine who practises as surgeon. While at first it is already not clear why he does this at all (Dieter Borsche has such an innocent face), later it is not clear why his conscience bothers him. Could it be that Borsche was starting to be aware of the silliness of the drama out of which the only way to get out was to give himself up? If so why did not he report the writer and the director as well for bad taste? Did I ever see so much honour on celluloid?

Not only for content the film is unbearable, it is poorly written and directed too. The problems in the other sanatorium are never solved; we only hear Paul Bildt saying that he has been going through the same procedure (court trial). The story moves from A to B to C and back again, without any structure. An extremely bad scene is the scene in which during a party doctor Borsche first has trouble with his conscience (was it the liquour perhaps?); this should have been the dramatic turn, but it is badly directed and edited as if the editor was doing open heart surgery.

My conscience was bothering me for having to endure this film against which no anaesthesia will help.

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