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Top Customer Reviews
True it falls apart in the last couple of reels when the performances don't quite ring true, but it's still the last great film Nic Roeg made before settling into prolific mediocrity. It's as a brilliantly edited post-mortem into a mutually destructive relationship rather than a police mystery that it really enthralls, even when it doesn't entirely work. Much more impressive than I remembered, it's not a feelgood movie - if anything it's the date movie from hell - but it is a remarkably ambitious and accomplished one.
So why is the film so little-known and perhaps even less-seen? Well, that seems to be down to some bad luck and bad timing of its own.Read more ›
Set mostly in cold war Vienna, Milena interacts with the various men in her life. But it is Milena herself that is central to all that happens because she is not only beautiful but also sadly flawed. Is it a borderline personality disorder, a damaged childhood, or a bi-polar illness? Or is she just a self-centered, spoiled brat? Whatever, the problem, it makes for a fascinating, character-driven story as Milena's life impacts a psychoanalyst (Art Garfunkle), a detective (Harvey Keitel) and her older husband.
As expected from Roeg, a highly regarded cinematographer, the digital transfer of the carefully composed film is stunning. But what created the biggest stir when it was initially released was the raw sexuality and eyebrow raising body-part specific nudity. (Think THE scene with Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.)
The great score includes Billie Holliday, The Who and Tom Waits among others.
This is not exactly a date movie or a feel good flick, but it is a fascinating and disturbingly honest look at sexual obsession and a not uncommon type of mental illness.
It is worth finding and seeing with someone with whom you are planning to break up. This one raises serious questions that we usually prefer to not talk about.
Nicholas Roeg could easily be passed off as a "shock director", but he is a unique talent who makes movies that have so many layers of meaning that it takes more than one viewing, maybe even two to understand what his movies are really about. The setting is cold war Vienna. Alex, a famous psychiatrist meets Meleana, an artistic,talented beauty without an occupation. Their attraction is immediate, their story unfolds through a series of flashbacks. Roeg makes it clear from the very beginning that the story does not have a happy ending. It is up to the audience to stay and find out why.
Alex appears to be quite normal from the beginning. He has the high paying job, the renowned reputaion, a glamouras life of high society friends. Everything about Alex symbolizes control and normalcy. Later in the film, though, we find that this isn't so. Alex is may appear like this on the surface, but he is truly an insecure man.
Which might be why he is so intrigued of Meleana from the very beginning. Meleana represents everything that Alex is not and can never be. Leaning in a hallway at a party, she stops him dead in his tracks by blocking him with her leg.Read more ›
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Having lived in Wien, this production recalls a sense of time and culture. More than the Post war "Third Man," an attitude, more than a Cold War " Spy," the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by TGFinn
A young Theresa Russell in a fascinating psychological study. Great music, visually compelling.Published 4 months ago by Rr
The Amazon info for the movie says there are closed captions. The DVD Box says "Optional English Subtitles. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hugh Pickens
This movie makes it to "okay" solely on the fierce, manic performance of Theresa Russell alone, and she acts like she knows that. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pauline Triage
I recall seeing part of this film on TV. At least, that was my memory. But I had never seen the beginning; all I saw was the end of the film and I had a reverse Zeigarnik effect. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael H. Birnbaum
This is a sort of strange movie. I'm sure I'll have to watch it a few more times to "get it". I could have done without the incessant smoking going on... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Peter N. Anderson
This film needed at least 10 minutes cut, especially during the tedious final act. The man is at an age where he most wants to command the full attention of a pretty girl. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by mr. contrarian
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