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Faced with Hesse's intensely introspective text about the intellectual and emotional crisis of a middle-aged man, Haines opts for a '60s-ish semi-psychedelic approach, with some fetching animated interpolations, an amusing appearance by Clémenti, and a marginal, simplistic 'let's all get stoned' moral. The latter aspect now looks distinctly corny, and some might regard it as a gross misreading of the original. But even the staunchest Hesse devotee will find compensations in Sydow's characterisation and the comparative fidelity of the film's first half.

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Duration: 106 mins

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Director: Fred Haines
Screenwriter: Fred Haines
Cast: Max von Sydow
Dominique Sanda
Pierre Clémenti
Carla Romanelli
Roy Bosier
Alfred Baillou
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