The Legend of the Holy Drinker is a quality short story about a homeless drunk in Paris who has a number of "miraculous" encounters over the course of several days. It is indeed a diamantine piece of writing-craft. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. There are no featured audience reviews for The Legend of the Holy Drinker (La leggenda del santo bevitore) at this time.

A beautiful, quirky novella brought to life, Poignant and moving Euro art movie from '88-89. The Legend of the Holy Drinker is a quality short story about a homeless drunk in Paris who has a number of "miraculous" encounters over the course of several days. Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2016.

It takes its own leisurely pace, but goes very far, very deep indeed into the human soul. He is transcendent. The film based on Lemberg-born Jewish writer Joseph Roth's novella, shows warmth and a rich spiritual feel - it has the same sense of art & spirituality as Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot featuring the epileptic and saintly Russian Prince Leo and fellow Russian Andrey Tarkovsky's art film Nostalghia (1983) perhaps relating to the difficulty of East Europeans/Slavs exiled from their homelands. We've loved him in every role he's ever played, it doesn't matter. ( Log Out /  His performance is profound. "The Legend of the Holy Drinker" is visually superb and we should expect nothing less from an Olmi picture but it is also very dry, very dull and very unevenly acted, (the partial dubbing of its international cast certainly doesn't help). Why the film feels poignant is hard to describe. Takeaway Scene ( Log Out /  This is a beautiful movie with the strength of the perfect late Rutger Hauer. The result is a level of engagement far superior to the gamut of empty sophistication in the movie world. The cinematography was visually rich - the streets, the church, the visions, the contrast of his world and the world as he saw it through the haze of his life. and the Terms and Policies, A beautiful study of a flawed man on a mission. Along with his performance as the fairhaired adventurer Claude Van Horn in Roeg's Eureka (1983) this is Hauer's best ever performance. Often movies are described as 'masterpieces', and in this case, the description is accurate. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. "The Legend of the Holy Drinker" is a translated title of Joseph Roth's last piece of writing. A lesson to others in how to tell a story on film. It is a very quick read but is enjoyable and meaningful, particularly in its exploration of the theme of the spiritual vs … He 's just that damn good an actor. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2009.

Now his papers have expired, he lives under the bridges, drinks. The Legend of the Holy Drinker is a quality short story about a homeless drunk in Paris who has a number of "miraculous" encounters over the course of several days. Hauer play's a street hobo called 'Andreas Kartak', an alcoholic who appears to be getting on with the grim task of being addicted to alcohol and being homeless. Please click the link below to receive your verification email.

It isn’t a happy, happy, joy, joy movie, but, even with little dialogue, you begin to feel for Andreas on his sacred mission. This is a film about spirituality, about communion, one of the most deeply religious movies ever, whose only rivals might be Dreyer's "Ordet" or Bergman's rather pretentious "faith trilogy" ("Through a Glass Darkly", "Winter Light" and "The Silence"). It is not a thriller, but it is thrilling. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy FAQ Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. | ( Log Out /  Hauer delivers one of his most expressive and enchanting performances ever. It's a bit too far-fetched for my full liking, but fun to read along the way - not least because it means you don't have to worry about the person telling it falling over while he does. Keenly so, barely? Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! In my opinion, this is Rutger’s finest creation. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. Olmi's attention to detail and his adherence to creating a very believable environment pay off in this moving allegory about redemption. Forgot your password? This is another superb BluRay/DVD package from Arrow! One night, chance encounters begin to attend him, money comes his way, not any fortune but enough to get him fed and clothed and rested... and drunk more often and more utterly than his routine of poverty had allowed. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 17, 2016. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2019. It is a sad movie, but also very moving.

Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2009. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Legend of the Holy Drinker is a slow, strange little film. 'Legend Of The Holy Drinker' arguably out shines all of the above film's, a laudable triumph, and one that sees Rutger Hauer deliver his finest performance of what has been a wonderful career. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This book was a fasinating and quick read. This film never lags. THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY DRINKER was a bit of a departure for him, in that he was using well-known actors in a very literary story. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 5, 2020. User Ratings Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2019. The film’s sparse dialogue almost renders it a silent movie, and Olmi’s direction uses those long breaks of silence to quietly present a range of emotional states and reactions on Andreas’ drunken, shambolic face. The expressions and moods and the way he moves brings both a dreaminess and an ultra real feel. Hauer's portrayal is nothing short of stunning. | Fresh (1) Coming Soon. The problem comes when it has to represent the extraordinary. Special Edition Contents: • Brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release

Succint, mythical and entrancing.

I will deeply miss his presence on-screen.

| Rotten (1). The story is ultimately very simple, but as it plays out over a leisurely two hours it allows an enormous length of time to sink into tone, character, and emotion. ( Log Out /  He doesn't know how damaged and down her really is because he has beautiful and fulfilling delusions and eventually lays down under newspapers and has a quiet, peaceful death in his sleep. Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2017. I believe this to be Rutger Hauer's finest performance, in a quiet but beautiful film directed by the great Ermanno Olmi.

It seems rich with symbolism and visual metaphor. The film is gorgeous. Andreas is an honorable bum and tries his best, running from miracle to miracle until he miraculously drops dead in the saint's church with the right amount of money for her. Hauer was gifted with a remarkable one – particularly his striking blue eyes, rich with ambivalence and a gentle intensity.

It has all the marks of a tale told by a drunk (as Roth was by the time he wrote this, apparently) for the benefit of other drunks. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. There is little in the way of either dialogue or action, yet Ermanno Olmi's vision of a timeless, enchanted Paris is dazzling. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details".

This tale of a tramp who is the recipient of the milk of human kindness but who finds it difficult to repay the goodness shown to him is typical of its director, Ermanno Olmi, but whereas other Olmi films deal with the common-place with an uncommon beauty this tale of the mystical is overtly simplistic. This is a film about spirituality, about communion, one of the most deeply religious movies ever, whose only rivals might be Dreyer's "Ordet" or Bergman's rather pretentious "faith trilogy" ("Through a Glass Darkly", "Winter Light" and "The Silence"). Dutch actor Rutger Hauer plays the part of Andreas Kartak a Catholic-Pole and tramp living in Paris. A simple but beautifully executed little tale. The Legend of the Holy Drinker is a quiet, charming near-masterpiece – and the perfect testament to one of Europe’s finest-ever screen talents. Unfortunately when you try to access the subtitles, all you get when the dialogue is in French is the message "Speaking French". The Legend of the Holy Drinker (La leggenda del santo bevitore) Reviews. Awards It is a slow-paced film that has no traditional thematic or dramatic agenda, lovingly crafting moments and characters with a painterly subtlety. Several of the tributes also mentioned the 1988 Italian drama The Legend of the Holy Drinker – which I had not seen, or to be honest even heard about before. Olmi's attention to detail and his adherence to creating a very believable environment pay off in this moving allegory about redemption. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. The '80s were in some ways abrasive years. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The film is based on the 1939 novella by Joseph Roth, and comes courtesy of the Italian writer/director Ermanno Olmi – co-writing here with Tullio Kezich.