reasons to live: don Cavallo venomously calling cardinal Assente "puttanella"
more reasons to live: Maurizio Lombardi's beautiful roman nose
An unbearably honest depiction of a magnificent era. Although Weimar was a depressive period that had already been kissed by death. Weimar, with its eclectic cabarets, bohemian parties, lesbians, gays, scandalous artists, polyamorous marriages, crossdressers, and free people flying into the abyss. Everything coexisted in complete harmonic absurdity. A depressing and doomed fairy tale in a space that was misplaced and never found again.
Every single street advertisement exclaims, "Learn to Swim!" The reality is simple: do what they say…
Painfully beautiful. Night and day, abyss and gold, inhuman essence and simple mortality. Ivor Novello & June Tripp are like yin and yang here. The shadow from the window is like a cross or a heavy burden of fate. Martyrdom, victimhood, senseless denial, helplessness of a man in the maelstrom of human passions. Public lynching without trial, divine outcome of justice and miraculous salvation. "The Lodger" is Hitchcock's first big onscreen parable, and it's great that he didn't reshoot the film in sound.