Film (1969; vt The Man Who Thought Life). Asa Film/Palladium. Directed by Jens Ravn. Written by Henrik Stangerup, based on Manden der Taenkte Ting (1938) by Valdemar Holst. Cast includes Preben Neergaard, John Price and Lotte Tarp. 97 minutes. Black and white.
This Danish fantasy tells of a man who can create objects – even people – by force of will. Anything he brings into existence has only a short life, so he goes to a doctor and asks for a brain operation to perfect his power. The doctor refuses, so the man creates a duplicate doctor who takes over his original's career and wife and ultimately performs the necessary operation, in so doing killing his creator. Interestingly photographed, this comedy, Ravn's first film, presents philosophical points about reality of the kind made familiar by Philip K Dick. [JB/PN]
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