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  • The Devil

    The Devil 1972

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2016

    The Devil was so scandalous in when it came out that it was banned for years and got Andrzej Zulawski kicked out of Poland. It is not hard to see why. Even though the film is set in the 18th century it mirrors very much what was happening in the early 70s in Poland, where the government was trying to subvert young idealism.

    This is a Faustian story about a young man, Jakub, who is set free by the devil…

  • The Third Part of the Night

    The Third Part of the Night 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2016

    The Third Part of the Night has a lot in common with Possession, since both films deal with a man who is losing (or has lost) his family and where people are split into doppelgängers. It touches on many subjects but at the core is a historical institute called The Rudolf Weigl Institute where young people were used as guinea pigs. Every day (for an hour a day) they had to feed lice. When I first heard it mentioned in…

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  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 08 Oct, 2013 14

    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…

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire 1951

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 May, 2013 6

    I had forgotten how complex this film was. I saw it some 30 years ago and did not remember much from it. When watching it now I felt like I was left with more questions than answers.

    What I did get from the film is that it is about (among many things) the crashes of desires. Stella wants to please her husband and sister. Stanley wants to have respect and enjoy his life with his wife. Blanche wants to live…