The Legend Of The Holy Drinker
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Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend of the Holy Drinker is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs).
Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances and his alcoholism forever intervene.
Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Ruger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique) and Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen).
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Every Sunday, however, things come up and Andreas repeatedly fails to repay his debt even though he has been fortunate enough to have additional money come his way. Flashbacks portray Andreas’ early life in Silesia, his work there as a miner, and the reasons for his departure. Throughout the film, he sees apparitions and delusions induced by his chronic drinking.
Director Ermanno Olmi provides rich characterization for Andreas, offering an intelligent study of moral complexity, responsibility, spirituality, and social ostracism. Bauer is exceptional as Andreas, portraying the derelict sympathetically. His small windfall has allowed the man to move among social strata previously closed off to him, and he is treated as a person, rather than a nameless blight.
Bonus materials on the 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD release include a 10-minute interview with Rutger Hauer, interview with Ermanno Olmi’s co-screenwriter Tullio Kezich, and reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork.