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The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)

La leggenda del santo bevitore (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 September 1988 (Italy)
An alcoholic homeless man is given two hundred francs by a stranger, who requests that when he can he will return the money to Saint Therese in the cathedral.

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Ermanno Olmi
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Jean-Maurice Chanet Jean-Maurice Chanet ... Daniel Kaniak
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Françoise Pinkwasser Françoise Pinkwasser ... Inn woman
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Dalila Belatreche Dalila Belatreche ... Thérèse
Claude Kolton Claude Kolton
Jacques Pasternak Jacques Pasternak
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An alcoholic homeless man is given two hundred francs by a stranger, who requests that when he can he will return the money to Saint Therese in the cathedral.

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Italy | France

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Release Date:

2 September 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del santo bebedor See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Originally announced in 1985 for Marcello Mastroianni See more »

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Referenced in L'albero delle parole (Ermanno Olmi a Barcelona) (2018) See more »

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Vintage stuff
4 September 2001 | by jordiainaudSee all my reviews

Olmi is one of Europe's last Old Masters in the art of film making. He is usually regarded as a belated neo-realist, but after you've seen "The Legend of the Holy Drinker", you will realize the label simply does not stick. This is a film about spirituality, about communion, one of the most deeply religious movies ever, whose only rivals might be Dreyer's "Ordet" or Bergman's rather pretentious "faith trilogy" ("Through a Glass Darkly", "Winter Light" and "The Silence"). However, you will not find Scandinavian mists or angst in Catholic Olmi's adaptation of the beautiful novella written, oddly enough, by a great Jewish novelist, Joseph Roth. Wine is a metaphor for life, and Paris is a metaphor for our urban world. In this symbolic universe, it takes a great actor to give flesh and blood to the character of Andreas, the holy drinker, a beggar endowed with an amazing sense of dignity. Rutger Hauer was the man for the job: this was his best performance: he was never better, and, to judge from the course his career has taken, I fear he will never be better than in this film. It is not a thriller, but it is thrilling. It takes its own leisurely pace, but goes very far, very deep indeed into the human soul. After so many insipid or unpalatable cinematic concoctions, treat yourself to this film: it truly is vintage stuff.


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