The Keep ★★★★

A visionary hot mess. I hadn’t seen this in a long time and it was absolutely fascinating to watch in light of his digital work. From the clean modernist lines of the set to the way conversations are sometimes framed with both subjects on the same side of the image to the stunning boating sequence that couldn’t possibly be a more obvious antecedent to Miami Vice, this is the Ur Mann film in a way I never realized. 

Yes, it’s totally incoherent, but it’s incoherent in the manner of an Italian grindhouse movie. The incoherence is arguably a merit. Conquest meets Der Golem. 

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