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Mill of the Stone Women

In "Mill of the Stone Women" (1960), Hans von Arnam visits Veeze, a small town near Amsterdam, to write about an historic windmill known for its creepy carousel of female statues. While there, Hans also rekindles his friendship with art student Lisselotte and their buddy, Raab. Things look promising for the young man, but as he researches his story, he becomes entangled in a secret web that binds the windmill's strange occupants—the sculptor whose family has long owned the windmill, his mysterious daughter Elfi, and their sinister companion Dr. Loren Bolem.

Billed as a horror film, "Mill of the Stone Women” uses science to prop its premise regarding Bolem's treatment and promised cure for Elfi's rare disease. As with most sci-fi films, the emphasis is on what audiences can find plausible within the frame of the fiction rather than what is scientifically probable. That's a good thing, since viewers who wonder at Bolem's procedure may be even more distracted by how Gregorius Wahl, Elfi's father, produces his sculptures.

Originally released as "Il mulino delle donne di pietra”, "Mill” was directed by Italian Giorgio Ferroni and starred French actor Pierre Brice as Hans, Italian actor Liana Orfei as Lisselotte, and Scilla Gabel, an Italian actor whose break into films came through a role as Sophia Loren's body double.

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Janet Bassett

Janet BassettJanet Bassett is program manager of the MD-PhD program and the Medical Student Research Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She discusses ethical research and the movie Mill of the Stone Women.

 

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