What can I say? Every scene is a winner in this one. Love the comedy undertones and the overall sinister playfullness of the character played by Zbigniew Zapasiewicz who as a cynical back-scratcher is absolutely fu**king riveting in this one. That moral/psychological gameplay between him and the Phd student played by Piotr Garlicki is simply fascinating. strong 5/5
What a stunner! This is Skolimowski at his most radical, way-out, histrionic, poetic, surreal, political... This is Komeda at his most avant-garde and mesmerizing. This was supposed to be a winner at the Venice Film festival in 1967. Eventually it put an end to flamboyant subversiveness that was Skolimowski's trademark in his early years. Four-eyed Stalin incensed big bosses representing Polish/Soviet puppet state to extent that they expelled Jerzy from Poland and jailed this masterpiece for the next 13-14 years.…
Wow ! what a knockdown !
To say it's a bit like a Fellini's version of a French New Wave must be an offence for mr. Skolimowski as he was simply so sui generis in the world of the 60s arthouse cinema.
"Barrier" is a rebellious, daring and dazzlingly executed guerilla film-making bristling with subtle poetic halftones and sardonic humour. Every scene here is a winner and the jazzy score by Krzysztof Komeda must rank in one of the most captivating, eeriest soundtrack in the history of the world cinema.
A real gem, a masterpiece.