A bored accountant who can't wait to get home in a day and ignore his wife and child in his home cinema........
A stunningly beautiful meditation on religious zealotry that is rife with rich themes – male power over women, the corruption of ‘purity’ by human nature, emotions and technology, the desperation to find some form of utopia at all cost, etc – and influences (The VVitch and Hagazussa immediately spring to mind) is sadly just too dense and narratively scrawny to really hook the viewer in.
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In another world, Joseph Losey’s wonderful 1976 classic would be a riotous doppelganger flick – Alain Delon is a brilliantly amoral art dealer in Paris, casually making money off people in desperate need and thinking nothing of having casual affairs with his best friend’s wives. A case of mistaken identity leads him into a slow, downward spiral of his own obsession with finding out who this other ‘Mr Klein’ is, often to the point of where his judgements around his…
It remains peerless - Kubrick's clinical gaze and style gives everything so much room to breathe, the tension just oozes out of the screen. The polar opposite of modern super-quick, jump scare horror, there are almost no setpieces as we think of them today, more a steady and unsettling escalation of events, where nothing more than a woman reading a few sheets of paper is one of the most terrifying things ever committed to screen.
That clinical visual style is…
Still the utterly fucking insane, FFC-drug-hallucination/Hammer homage it always was.
Its big, its fucking bonkers and in your face in a way very few films had been and have since. Structurally, its tight as a drum, with the script doing superb justice to the novel's diary-based structure, perfectly capturing all those different viewpoints without ever swamping or overwhelming the viewer.
And of course the cast is similarly eclectic - from Oldman and Ryder doing a brilliant job of portraying doomed…