- crazy ass overactign by everyone.- isabelle adjani.- a tentaceld monster.- isabelle adjani having sexual intercourse with said monster.- isabelle adjani goign hysterical in the subway, vomiting blood and pus.- isabelle adjani torturign a little balerina for her own good.- isabelle adjani. (its a double role ok?)- self mutilation with electric knife.- a mysterious villain that is known by his pink socks.- a bum that very nonchalatnly nicks a banana off adjani.- a private eye who is flamboyantly gay in a prussian way.- heinz benent who is more kinski than kinski, more robbins than robbins in 'high fidelity'. and does kung fu. and beats sam neil to a pulp. and gets drowned in a toilet in return.- the only portrayal of berlin on film i can thikn of that actualy looks and feels like berlin.- and lots and lots of moments of crystal clear madness i cant put into words because theyre lightign and editing related.
im not quite sure if i dreamt this movie. if i didnt: please discuss.
― :| (....), Tuesday, 2 November 2004 00:16 (fifteen years ago) link
You didn't dream the film, BTW:
― jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Tuesday, 2 November 2004 03:09 (fifteen years ago) link
It really is a movie you think you hallucinated the next day.
― igrey, Tuesday, 11 January 2005 22:52 (fifteen years ago) link
i never noticed that! must watch again. could this have anythign to do with mrs adjani wearing a (half unbuttoned?!) blue dress all the time?
― :| (....), Wednesday, 12 January 2005 15:51 (fifteen years ago) link
― bass braille (....), Tuesday, 15 March 2005 00:32 (fifteen years ago) link
Okay. Shit. Wow. This movie is one of the most intense and amazing artistic headfucks I've ever experienced. I have no idea how its flown so far under the radar, unless the majority of people who've seen it just want to forget that they've seen it. Which I can understand. I can safely say that Adjani's subway scene is now permanently burned into my brain. And also: of course she won best actress at Cannes. Most other actors should be shamed by her level of commitment in this film.
Is there a comparable yin to this movie's yang? It's very of a piece with The Tenant and Inland Empire in that it very effectively immerses the viewer in the characters' descent into madness/fragmentation/loss of identity. The deep, dank, dark stuff. I'm just wracking my brain trying to come up with examples of films that present a similarly immersive approach in presenting a more joyful or ecstatic madness. Something of a palate cleanser in a theoretical double bill with Possession, if you will.
― SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 15 April 2011 15:31 (nine years ago) link
p sure there's a zulawski thread on ilx, milton parker is our resident expert
possession's rep is about right, if you buy into the ride it'll mess you up, but most ppl are put off and just go "I can't believe somebody made dis movie"
― if u see l ron this weekend be sure & tell him THETAN THETAN THETAN (Edward III), Friday, 15 April 2011 15:35 (nine years ago) link
adjani subway scene is unbelievable, yes
― johnny crunch, Friday, 15 April 2011 15:36 (nine years ago) link
this movie practically gave me a hangover
― motivatedgirl (Matt P), Friday, 15 April 2011 18:49 (nine years ago) link
thread: Andrzej Zulawski
― Milton Parker, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:10 (nine years ago) link
Awesome movie, love the way it's acted, everything works. Going to have to watch it again pretty soon.
― De Jong Ted Danson (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:18 (nine years ago) link
yay, time to watch this again!
― contenderizer, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:21 (nine years ago) link
I want to see this, thought Sam Neill looked pretty hot in the trailer.
― Col. Pinkney Lugenbeel (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 01:58 (nine years ago) link
it is great! he is super weird. you will not be disappointed.
― contenderizer, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 02:11 (nine years ago) link
I just remember a lot of screaming.
― MrDasher, Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:51 (nine years ago) link
This movie was INSANE
― polyphonic, Monday, 7 May 2012 01:19 (eight years ago) link
This is a great movie
― Drugs A. Money, Monday, 15 April 2013 09:03 (seven years ago) link
but i was basically with it til the last ten minutes.
so Heinz Bennent, Klaus Kinski, and Udo Kier walk into a bar...
― images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 17 February 2014 04:59 (six years ago) link
― doctor.quiet.intelligible (WilliamC), Sunday, 27 December 2015 03:12 (four years ago) link
I feel like most romantic dramas would be improved by the addition of Heinrich.
― JoeStork, Sunday, 27 December 2015 23:35 (four years ago) link
― doctor.quiet.intelligible (WilliamC), Monday, 28 December 2015 00:15 (four years ago) link
watched this on Christmas!
― latebloomer, Monday, 28 December 2015 20:45 (four years ago) link
― emil.y, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 20:28 (four years ago) link
classic thread opening posts
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 18 February 2016 21:04 (four years ago) link
I swear I've seen a music video or something with someone dancing with exactly the same motions as Isabelle Adjani in the subway scene. Kate Bush?
― Dan I., Saturday, 6 April 2019 01:14 (one year ago) link
I rewatched this and Tree of Life in a single evening a few months back. Still don't think my head has fully reassembled itself.
(The incorrect '1982' in the thread title is like a hair fluttering in some indeterminate part of my peripheral vision. Make it go away!)
― Hangover Ape (Old Lunch), Saturday, 6 April 2019 03:51 (one year ago) link
my favorite movie of all time
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:01 (one year ago) link
i saw a 35 mm print of it at the anthology film archives two months ago, it was one of the most singularly uncomfortable experiences of my life (mostly bc there is no air conditioning in that theater) (the movie is also a succession of discomforts before the spy stuff in the final act takes the wheel but i have seen it more than ten times now). the print was real rough at the start and then gradually cleaned itself up, the last half of it looked so gorgeous
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:05 (one year ago) link
It's at least all-time top ten for me, mos def.
― Hangover Ape (Old Lunch), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:46 (one year ago) link
heinrich, what a character
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:58 (one year ago) link
fundamentally vulgar structure, the triangle
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 05:00 (one year ago) link
>I swear I've seen a music video or something
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 02:43 (one year ago) link
it's supposed to be funny, right?
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 02:44 (one year ago) link
the heinrich stuff is def supposed to be funny
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 03:10 (one year ago) link
That's a good one Milton, but I've definitely never seen that video before! Whatever I'm half-remembering (if it even exists) involves someone doing exactly the spasmodic hands-in-front-of-face motions that she does at 1:20 in this video https://vimeo.com/129275251 , and exactly the arms down at sides torso-twisting while bending forward and back like what begins at 1:35, and likewise nearly identical motions to what she does at 2:10-2:30. I wouldn't normally pick it apart like this, but I swear it's something (movie? video?) I've seen several times! It's like it's on the tip of my tongue
― Dan I., Tuesday, 9 April 2019 03:40 (one year ago) link
oh jesus, it's going to turn out to be a nine inch nails video from the 90's or something isn't it
― Dan I., Tuesday, 9 April 2019 03:42 (one year ago) link
Holy shit, this film
― josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 29 June 2020 08:23 (two months ago) link