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Man without Desire


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Man without Desire 1923

79 mins United Kingdom

This sumptuous silent drama of love and frustrated desire in 18th-century Venice sees the tragic Count Vittorio Dandolo (Ivor Novello) venture into suspended animation. Waking 200 years later, Vittorio finds he’s not the man he was before. The film’s authentic costumes and locations were highly praised on release, and clever casting has the actors play their own descendants.

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Venice Cryogenics


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