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Seven Faces of Dr. Lao Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, John Ericson, Noah Beery Jr.

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A elderly Chinese gentleman turns up in the sleepy Western town of Abalone, Arizona during the Depression and puts up posters to advertise the imminent arrival of his circus. Sights no one has ever seen are promised, and boy does Dr. Lao's little circus deliver! Characters from mythology, dreams, and nightmares -- from a dragon to a medusa -- turn up, and the citizens see themselves mirrored in and critiqued by the creatures. Gradually it becomes apparent that the strange, thousand-year-old mage is locked in a struggle for the town with businessman Clint Stark (O'Connell), who wants to buy up all the property and make a killing off the coming railroad. Special effects are decent for 1964, and though the story is not too subtle (it's based on a Charles G. Finney novel), it still makes a memorable unsung masterpiece. Peter Sellers was understandably director George Pal's first choice for the lead, but Tony Randall does an excellent job as Lao, Merlin, Pan, the Abominable Snowman, Medusa, a Giant Serpent, and Apollonius of Tyre (plus a member of the circus audience in the second show).
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   fantasy story on present day Earth magical being/mental/magical powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with special powers/seeking enlightenment

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   long lived adults Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   can change shapes    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl    -   clairvoyant    -   can cast many different spells Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th Century (1900-1950) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Misc settings    -   small town

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Kinds of F/X    -   Things that change shape/morph Is this movie based on a    -   book

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