The Sacrifice Remastered Edition
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In The Sacrifice, Alexander's (Erland Josephson) birthday party is interrupted by news that World War III has begun and mankind is hours away from annihilation. To avoid war, Alexander promises to God that he'll sacrifice all he has -- even his son. This new remastered edition of Tarkovsky's final film features a new, much improved transfer of the film in anamorphic widescreen! Special features include the feature length documentary 'Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky', a behind the scenes look at one of the most influential directors of our time, photo gallery, trailers and more!
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In Ingmar Bergman's movie Autumn Sonata (where Josefson also appears, but not in a leading role), Ingrid Bergman does an excellent job portraying a self obsessed main character that I enjoyed watching. But in The Sacrifice, Josefson was not able to achieve this.
I think the epitome of the way he acts is in the scenes where Josefson is talking to his son. His son is temporarily unable to talk because of a medical operation, so the scenes are just a monologue from Josefson. The film work is beautiful in these scenes, and I love the long takes. I think I have to split the blame between both the actor and the writer for these monologues being so frustrating to watch. It's not just the way that the monologues are delivered, the content of the monologues really forces him to be conceited and these lines cannot be delivered in a more humble way. The monologues are very philosophical, and the entire movie is definitely an artistic philosophical movie.
If you're new to Tarkovsky, please pick a different movie as your introduction to this wonderful director. If you're not new to Tarkovsky, then I think this movie is worth a try, and I hope that you're able to appreciate it more than I was.
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