In present day (ie 1970s) London, a tramp staggers out into the road
and gets hit by a car. Back in Victorian times, a scientist discovers
that he can trap the soul of an animal at the point of death, which means
that a person could technically live forever, while their soul is trapped
(by a camera, of course). In the end he experiments on himself and makes
himself immortal. That's him who gets hit by the car at the beginning.
That's about it, really.
This film does have a couple of things going for it, I suppose - the Asphyx
thingy looks quite spooky when trapped in the beam of light, and Robert
Powell's always good for a chuckle. His co-star, the loony scientist (Robert
Stephens), is also a bit of a hoot with his scenery-chewing antics - he's
like an over-acting Alan Rickman, if you can imagine such a thing.
So, give it a go, if you want. After all, who am I to tell you what to
watch and what not to watch? And I've not told you all the sub-plots,
like how Powell nearly kills his boss because he's not concentrating,
and how they do kill his wife...
Director: Peter Newbrook Writer(s): Christina Beers (story),
Cast: Robert Stephens - Sir Hugo Cunningham, Robert Powell - Giles
Cunningham, Jane Lapotaire - Christina Cunningham, Alex Scott - Sir Edward
Barrett, Ralph Arliss - Clive Cunningham, Fiona Walker - Anna Wheatley,
Terry Scully - Pauper, John Lawrence - Mason, David Grey - Vicar, Tony
Caunter - Warden, Paul Bacon - 1st Member