I'm sure I will not remember anything from his debut film from Bergman in a month or two. This is vanilla. I guess the story was supposed to be profound but it never felt more than fumblings of an artist in search of his own voice. Bergman knows how to make a film but there is nothing extra ordinary here. It just feels like a standard Sunday TV theater. As in his later films Bergman focuses on relationships, and especially…
It is hard to talk about this film without spoilers because all the best parts are spoilers. To begin with, imagine if Hitler won WW2 and the Nazi party was still in power. And those responsible for the holocaust never had to answer for their crime and were regarded as heroes. Not only that, they would even think that they did the Jews a favour. Now if you were to interview these men how would you go about it?
Béla Tarr is a hit and miss with me. This is, IMO, his best film. Simplicity becomes him! We have everything from a Béla Tarr film here, the wind, things blowing all over the place, long takes, beautiful black and white cinematography, dirty people, even dirtier animals, repetition of things, filmed from a different view, hopelessness and a dystopian world. Here Tarr's style works perfectly for the story.
There are going to be SPOILERS from here on!!!
What we have…
I just saw The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover again or as I would call it, The Church, The Devil, Mankind and Jesus Christ.
There are probably many ways to look at and read The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover but one of the most obvious one has to be a religious interpretation.
Through out the film a young boy with blond hair, who looks like a Cherub, sings verses from Psalm 51, where sins are…