The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne
Director: Walerian Borowczyk, 1981.
France, Germany, 92 minutes.
French with English subtitles.
A party to celebrate the engagement of sophisticated and eloquent Dr. Jekyll (played by the seductive Udo Kier) to Miss Fanny Osbourne comes to a crashing halt as one of the guests is found brutalized and murdered. The remaining guests go on a search to find the intruder in their midst and save their lives. Under a chemical influence the restrained Dr. Jekyll sheds the rigid social mores of Victorian society and becomes the animalistic madman, Mr. Hyde. Discovering his secret, Fanny undergoes a psychological transformation of her own, lured by the promise of self-actualization and existence beyond the domestic sphere, temped into Hyde's world of lustful hedonism, accelerating the plot to a cathartic, visually stunning climax in this shocking, seductive, well-crafted film.