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Directed by: Sandy Whitelaw
Country: NL / GB / BEL / USA, 1974
Color / 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen
Language: English
Running Time: 82 minutes + Extras
Other titles: Le secret de la vie
Region: 1

Note: This DVD is out of print

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.

The story takes place in the atmospheric European city of Amsterdam. Its winding alleys and ancient canals trap the characters in a labyrinthine maze as they find themselves manipulated like figures on a giant chessboard.

The film was controversial in its day for the extended bondage scene featuring female star Tina Aumont. This was cut in many countries, but is complete in this version. The brilliant soundtrack, unavailable for over 30 years, is by avant garde composer Terry Riley.

Special Features:

  • Brand new HD digital master
  • A Life in the Key of C - Interview with director Sandy Whitelaw (20 mins)
  • Audio commentary with director Sandy Whitelaw
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Mondo Macabro previews


Hiram Keller, Tina Aumont, Klaus Kinski, Fons Rademakers, Eric Schneider, Frans Mulder, Lyda Polak, Joan Remmelts, André van den Heuvel, Onno Molenkamp, Dick Scheffer, Albert Van Doorn, Adrian Brine, Helen van Meurs, Sacco van der Made, Rudi Falkenhagen, Paul Melton, Rudolf Lucieer.

Product CodeMOD125

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