Moloch (Molokh)

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Each film of Alexandre Sokurov, considered by many the living Andrei Tarkovsky of the Russian cinema, is a new revelation. Moloch's narrative structure is based on the relationship between one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, Adolf Hitler, and the only person who ever dared to contradict him, his beloved Eva Braun. The year is 1942. On the majestic terraces of the ominous fortress of Berchtesgaden, perched above the Bavarian Alps, a woman prances in the nude, waving randomly at the spying telescopes. This is the restless Eva (Elena Rufanova), who is waiting for her beloved "Adi," the Fuhrer ({Leonid Mosgovoi}), who arrives with a thunder and bolt. In his entourage are his right-hand man Martin Bormann and his propaganda specialist Joseph Goebbels with his loving wife, Magda. The scene is set for a peaceful retreat of several hours. However, an uncontrollable war is raging in the heart of Eva, who is caught in the complexities of a man incapable of intimacy. Rather than a historical treatise, the film is a psychological study of the man who was the terror of the twentieth century and the person who was the closest to him. The clue to how it all happened seems to be hidden in some of the intimate moments between the two characters. Sokurov is dealing with a very sensitive subject in a film which is a complex reflection on power. Each frame carries the mark of his previous nine films and is a testimony to his meticulous art. Moloch is a very powerful film that gives the impression that time is suspended. Particularly for this reason, it is not recommended to those who like their cinema fast paced and light-hearted. Sokurov used Russian theater actors from St. Petersburg to shoot the film, but their voices were later dubbed by theater actors from Berlin. The film received the Best Screenplay award of the 52nd Cannes Film Festival, 1999. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi


Yelena Rufanova
as Eva Braun
Leonid Mozgovoy
as Adolf Hitler
Leonid Sokol
as Dr. Josef Goebbels
Elena Spiridonova
as Magda Goebbels
Vladimir Bogdanov
as Martin Bormann

Critic Reviews for Moloch (Molokh)

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  • Unearthed a few sublime moments to make the overall effort worthwhile.

    Mar 5, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • I elegeiaki optiki toy Sokurov syndyazetai aprothyma me to senario me screwball strabokoitagmata kai anatreptikes filodoksies, me tin ypsili aisthitiki toy Rosoy na prostateyei bebaia to apotelesma ap' to na ginei akompso, alla par' ol' ayta dihos na apof

    Oct 14, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • too"soviet" for conventional tastes but fascinating in a dreamy, dingy mode...

    Feb 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • A vitória, em Cannes, deste filme pretensioso e vazio é uma afronta a obras como História Real, Tudo Sobre Minha Mãe e O Poder Vai Dançar - alguns de seus concorrentes diretos naquela edição do Festival.

    Aug 4, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Moloch (Molokh)

Moloch is not subtle. It simply doesn't illuminate. Offering no insight at all on the life and times of the most hated man in the history of the world, or even his ill-fated lover, the movie simply has nothing to offer but some attractive images and a few interesting scenes. Languor is a powerful force in the cinema, but when used to no effect, it can absolutely obliterate a film. As I see it, Moloch didn't get out so lucky. After this and Russian Ark, I think I'll be staying away from Alexander Sokurov for a while. The only good I see in his filmmaking is talent in set design and cinematography. For him to sit there with his thumb up his ass and babble about how Eva Braun was the only person in Germany with the right idea seems almost insulting.

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