Cast & Crew
Colonel Prado Roth, a brutal South American dictator, is having an affair with Marion, wife of the great industrialist Moren. A revolutionary group, including Coral, Gant de Crin, and Pascuel, plan to assassinate the dictator. Moren sees the revolution as a useful business proposition, and his daughter, Mirt, becomes involved by falling in love with Coral. Professor Palmas, another revolutionary, has discovered the means of duplicating matter and creates a doll in the image of Marion, which can only live for 36 hours. He enters the body of the doll in order to control it, and as a nightclub dancer and stirring speaker, the doll becomes a symbol of revolt. Gant de Crin, unable to control his urge to kill, assassinates the dictator at a banquet before the appointed hour. Afterwards, practically everybody is revealed to be associated with the revolutionary party. Fearing that the revolution may collapse without the impetus of a well-staged assassination, Coral, the dictator's double, is forced to impersonate him and be assassinated in public at the proper time. Unwittingly Coral agrees, but once in the dictator's uniform, he begins to act as the dictator. The people who have risen in response to the doll are led into a trap and shot. [Other sources indicate that Moren orders Coral not to shoot the people.] The doll vanishes, and the dictatorship continues.
Michel De Ré
Opened in Paris in November 1962 at 95 min; Cannes Film Festival running time: 100 min. U. S. press material lists wide-screen process as CinemaScope. Also known as He, She or It!