Everyone's smiling in the beginning. Redl is the Colonel of a real tragedy. Despite being a great Austrian nationalist, the odds of his heritage and homosexuality were against him and in the end there is only the scrap of a man who pushes others away as much as they push him away. But I was laughing at the Archduke's final scene!
This is kind of a random secret love of mine. I like movies about drugs, even if they aren't supposed to be about drugs, but instead slashers about occultic conspiracies. I like seeing Johnny Depp in an awkward fog, kind of like in the Ninth Gate, which despite being a Polanski, was a very awkard indeed. Anyway, the film is like being in a dream; a little gorey little puzzle you have to put together yourself, and you're pretty pissed off at the result. Yeah, it's not a very difficult puzzle, but you can see that Depp's character is already pretty sure who it is in the beginning, but there seems to be a big conspiracy in his way. Sexy movie.