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L’Orso Di Peluche

Also with: Regina Bianchi, Paolo Bonacelli, Martine Brochard, Julie Dupage, Valentina Forte, Franco Interlenghi, Claudia Pandolfi, Mattia Sbragia, Alexandra Winisky, Laure Killing, Madeleine Robinson.

With:
Jean Riviere ... Alain Delon Chantal ... Francesca Dellera

Also with: Regina Bianchi, Paolo Bonacelli, Martine Brochard, Julie Dupage, Valentina Forte, Franco Interlenghi, Claudia Pandolfi, Mattia Sbragia, Alexandra Winisky, Laure Killing, Madeleine Robinson.

(Italian soundtrack)

With an association spanning 25 years and nine features (“Borsalino” being the best-known), topliner Alain Delon and helmer Jacques Deray might have hoped for a more dignified reunion than “The Teddy Bear.” Bland and uninvolving psychothriller is routine fare.

Adapted from a Georges Simenon novel, pic has Delon as an emotionally bankrupt, philandering gynecologist with a plush clinic in Brussels, whose responsibility for two deaths (the first indirectly, the second directly) steers him back to hearth and home.

Build-up to the dubious conclusion is a standard serving of anonymous death threats, circuitous clues (the teddy bear of the title for one), obsessive pursuit, and tormented self-examination after the suicide of a love-struck young nurse bedded and abandoned by the doc. Delon’s expressionless remoteness is paired by a wooden turn from Italo sexpot Francesca Dellera, who spouts improbable dialogue seemingly meant to peg her as a self-styled Holly Golightly. Deray directs with a journeyman’s efficiency that’s matched by competent tech backup.

L'Orso Di Peluche

(ITALIAN-FRENCH)

Production: A Penta Distribuzione release (Italy) of a Master Movie Distribution (Rome)/Les Films Alain Sarde (Paris) co-production. Produced by Giuseppe Auriemma. Directed by Jacques Deray. Screenplay, Dardano Sacchetti, Filippo Ascione, Jean Curtelin, based on the novel by Georges Simenon. Camera (Technicolor), Luciano Tovoli; editor, Nino Baragli; music, Romano Musumarra; art direction, Francois De Lamothe, Enrico Luzzi; costume design, Luzzi; sound (Dolby), Remo Ugolinelli, Corrado Volpicelli. Reviewed at Savoy Cinema, Rome, March 9, 1994. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: Jean Riviere ... Alain Delon Chantal ... Francesca Dellera

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