Hans Alfredson – Den enfaldige mördaren AKA The Simple-Minded Murder (1982)

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Set in 1930s Sweden. On the death of his mother, a young man with learning difficulties (and a harelip) is sent to work for a local rich landowner. He is ill-treated by the man who is a petty tyrant to all his employees. He makes friends with the disabled daughter of a poor family. Unable to take more debasement from the landowner he runs away and is harboured by the girl’s family. But the tyrant fights to get him back with bloody consequences. Continue reading

Georg Tressler – Sukkubus – den Teufel im Leib (1989)

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A Swiss legend tells of three shepherds and their privations, “weiberlosen” time in the mountains. And as her wicked doings will be severely punished – by a bare Wurzelhexe …
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A former classmate, let’s call him Fred, looks at the happy Sepp Forcher – with sound turned off. Namely Fred loves the beauty of the local mountains. But not the accompanying volksdümmliche Gedudel.

Succubus – the devil in him would also be a film for Fred. For the beauty of the Alpine mountains is captured very atmospheric. And instead of folk music here sounds very consistent, Spaghetti Western-inspired score.

Succubus – THE DEVIL IN THE BODY is also a film for fans of the lower instincts. Von wegen “on pastures, there’s no sin”: One of our Senner is a nasty Saubartl who had pushed for dinner hand in his pants and lunged after the crisp boys in bed next to him.

Just a boy has no interest in the said strong men gripping hands, but he longs for the warm, wet tongue, his favorite. Which he then “herumkriegt. How he hires, the It beggars … Continue reading

Jürgen Reble – Passion (1990)

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“PASSION is a personal film-journey in which Reble accompanies his unborn child through a ritual, following the seasons until his birth. Reble’s unfamiliar chemistry generates slowly pulsating structures and colors. Micro- and macroscopic imagery build a near-abstract, hypnotic landscape — an intimate perception of creation..”
Jurgen Reble, former member of the German filmmaking group “Schmelzdahin” (dissolved in 1989), focuses on exploring the film material through bacterial processes, weathering and chemical treatment during and after development.
“The basic idea is that it is impossible to fix film. Film is something which is always in a state of flux… The images, “real” in the beginning, gradually disintegrate and the gelatine layer — where the chemicals are embedded — dissolves. All that’s left in the end is the ‘raging of the elements’..” Continue reading

Elem Klimov – Agoniya AKA Agony (1981)

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A wide-scope panoramic view of Russia in 1916. The country is in its third year of war which seems to never end, with police rule, hunger and devastation at their peak. All this plays out against a background of luxury and corruption at the court, where the agonizing power still entertains hopes of coping with “the rebels”. The courtiers have a presentiment of the collapse of the Russian autocracy. Fear, despair and blind belief in Providence make a fertile ground for the “great” starets, adventurist Rasputin, who is a friend of the royal family and has gained mastery over the Czar and his ministers. The filmmakers used newsreels of the 1917 Revolution… This controversial historic drama was released twice: in 1975 and, after a number of changes, in 1985. RUSCICO offers the film’s 1985 version. Continue reading

Sohrab Shahid Saless – Empfänger unbekannt AKA Addressee Unknown (1983)

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“A husband and wife have separated and while in that semi-marital state, the wife begins an affair with a Turkish architect. In the meantime, the once revolutionary-minded husband now prefers his more comfortable lifestyle in his villa with his children and he is the one who writes letters to his wife seeking a reconciliation, but she herself is thrown into a turmoil because choosing between her estranged husband and the Turkish architect is very difficult, if not impossible. —allmovie guide” Continue reading