|Characters lurk in the shadows in Giordano Giulivi's The Laplace's Demon (2017)|
|Karl's fascination with the ornate machinery of the mansion mirrors his experiments with determinism|
Laplace was an actual 18th century French mathematician, physicist, and scholar, and the film focuses on his fascinating interest in the potential mathematical ability to predict human behavior via a specific formula. A crew of scientists set out to work with the mysterious Dr. Cornelius, but then quickly realize that they are imprisoned in his mansion and are unwillingly part of a nefarious experiment put forth by their absent host. The rich set pieces of the film's mise-en-scene are accentuated by the magnificent chiaroscuro lighting that heightens the film's tension, as the scientists realize that they are pawns in some deadly game.
|The Laplace's Demon comes across as the lovechild of a noir Bava meets The Cat and the Canary|