A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside... See full summary »
Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's tetrology, following Moloch (1999) and Taurus (2001), focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by Gen. Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival.
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a ... See full summary »
Father (Andrej Shetinin) and Son (Alexei Nejmyshev) live together in a rooftop apartment. They have lived alone for years in their own private world, full of memories and daily rituals. ... See full summary »
A depressed FAUST makes a deal with Mephisto, the devil's servant, to obtain more power and glory, including the power to seduce a maiden. Faust grows powerful, but the consequences of his act has deadly, unintended ramifications.
There ought to be a committee that bans directors from doing classic literature. Invariably what happens is the second rate pretension of the director are shown up and in this case, the film in style seems stolen from FW Murnau; so not even that is original.
It's a rambling semi-Wenders stroll around a film set that appears like some Bavarian village in a search for something which has little to do with Goethe but dresses up the artifice sufficiently to attract the financing to make this concoction of sophomoric banality. Well, people were employed for a few weeks so it can't have been a total travesty.
It is and it will be and not even reading reviews is a good idea as it gives this movie some reckoning at status. Don't bother.
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