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The Mystery of Oberwald (1980)
"Il mistero di Oberwald" (original title)

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A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day. The ... See full summary »

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A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day. The Queen discovers that Sebastian once wrote a subversive poem that she liked, even though it was attacking her. The Queen dares Sebastian to kill her, otherwise she vows to kill him. Written by Will Gilbert

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"If you don't kill me, I'll kill you." [Video Australia]

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One of the first major international feature films to be shot on video, a controversial decision at the time of its release. See more »

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My brief review of the film
15 June 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Antonioni shows a brilliant eye for colour in this film, with effective use of tinting and lighting special effects to attach mood and emotion to certain sequences. There is some good camera-work too, with dolly shots, closeup and zooms all distributed effectively, plus the dissolve editing also is interesting. The interior design and costumes are very striking, but the film is more than just technically impressive. It has ideas about motivation, killing and fate, and it is almost always intriguing, even if the story is rather threadbare and very unrealistic. Some of the shots appear to add little to the film, and some bits of dialogue also appear useless. But even if the film is imperfect, there is still quite a bit to take out of it, and it is almost worth watching just to see what Antonioni can do with colour.


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