Death Takes a Holiday
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In this adaptation of Alberto Casella's stage play, Death assumes human form in order to discover why men fear him. Posing as a Prince Sirki (and played by Fredric March), Death appears as a house guest at the villa of an Italian duke. While "Sirki" is present, Death takes his titular holiday, and no one on Earth dies. Grazia (Evelyn Venable) the fiance of the duke's son, becomes attracted by the strangely ethereal Sirki. Against his better judgment, Sirki falls in love, and Death for the first time experiences Humanity. Disturbed by the sensation, he decides to shuffle off… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lofty but transfixing allegory, the film remains captivating because its central plot device is so different from most movies, then or now."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Mitchell Leisen's surprisingly complex (especially with its brief 79 minute running time) film has proven itself immune to both time and remakes."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Death...as a house guest that can't be gotten rid of"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"In this wearisome and predictable plot line, Death falls in love and bores us to death talking about it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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