Diabel (The Devil) (1972)
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Savage, nauseous, terrifying, tremendous masterpiece of historical sociopolitical horror, like Ken Russell's 'The Devils' but arguably darker, bleaker. Overbearing and cruel, it's easy to see why the puritanical Soviet authorities were outraged enough to suppress the film.
It starts very well: a war rarely seen on the screen (the partition of Poland), a grand setting with hundreds of extras, a fair share of action and a mysterious character cutting through all that looking for who knows what. It gets even better once the mysterious character gets into the monastery: the main character has fainted but the most beautiful of nuns is taking care of him! Feels like Mother Joan of the Angels all over again!!! Great. Alas it only lasts 5 minutes. Then begins so esoteric nonsense. The main characters goes around killing people for no reason... Worse than all is the acting of all the secondary characters who over-over-play until it is down right impossible to concentrate on anything else than their nonesensical movements. Quickly boredom arises! After nearly two hours of tortures every one dies but the nun and we are told that all that was the Devil's doing (allied) with the Prussians! One last time, cinema ain't an art, keep impressionism for live theater!
horror story. polish political intrigue. thriller. or just plain mad murderer. a very uninteresting movie. disjointed in construction film in very dark locations so dark you cannot see anything. I thought this movie might be worth a try but it meant nothing to me. 2 stars. the 1972 avant garde music sound track was interesting.
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