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The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather

A Short film by Maurice Tourneur

Produced by Eclair

Production year : 1913

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Actors (4)

Production and distribution (2)

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Adapted from a one-act Grand Guignol play based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether', the film portrays a visitor to an insane asylum where it becomes clear that the inmates have taken control. Telling the visitor that a cure for insanity has been found by cutting out an eye of the patient and then slitting his throat, the "director" hurries into another room, reemerges with blood all over his hands and, as blood seeps from beneath the door, incites other inmates who now surround the visitor.

Full credits (2)

Adapter/dialogue writer :

André de Lorde

Authors of original work :

Edgar Allan Poe, André de Lorde

Technical details

Short film

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Literary adaptation

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Nationality :

100% French (France)

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Runtime :

15 min

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Color type :

Black & White

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