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

 -  Drama | Romance  -  September 1981 (Italy)
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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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A minor Antonioni exercise, but with much of interest
12 July 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

The movie has a bit of a lumpy, experimental quality, with Antonioni's customary compositional elegance severely muted and the experiments with the colour scheme variable in their impact. Even when it's striking, such as the bathing of the chief of police in cold grey light, Vitti in warmer colours and the poet somewhere in between, it never seems to move beyond a rather simple colour coding. The extremely dramatic opening music sets a tone of fiery melodrama, and events do develop a modest suspense, which slowly comes to be a distilled version of a standard Antonioni work touching on politics, love, ambiguity of motives and intentions, the unknowable quality of objective truth, and so on. Still, in this form it could hardly carry the impact of some of his greater works. The absence of the world outside focuses attention on the insular, claustrophobic nature of the plotting but basically marks it as a minor exercise.


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