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Malpertius (Harry Kümel, 1972)

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Wes:
Any thoughts on this one...?

I watched this earlier - my second attempt, after abandoning it the first time. Well, this time I barely made it to the end. The story is about a family holed up in a huge sprawling mansion waiting for a large inheritance by a grizzled and mountainous Orson Welles. There's more to it than that but this film seemed draggy, talky and determinedly obscure (but not in a good way). The last 20 min of the film when the story begins to unravel are rather good - and there's some surprising gore that looked like it might have strayed in from a Fulci movie, but for me it was too little too late. I'm sure someone somwhere loves this movie but it didn't work for me. Shame really, as the Barrell DVD, a two-discer no less is stacked with good extras. I'm kinda weary about seeing Daughters of Darkness now...

Ben Cobb:
Malpertius isn't an easy film by any stretch but I've always enjoyed its dream-like atmosphere. I saw it last at the BFI's Kumel season with an industrial film of his called Wire Variations... now that was hard going!

Wes, DO NOT be put off about Daughters of Darkness - it's a bona-fide classic with beautiful imagery and far more accessible. You won't be disappointed.

Mark (UK):
Yes, it took me a couple of attempts to sit through it. Although it is certainly atmospheric, I didn't think that I could watch it again, so sold it on.

Wes:

--- Quote from: Ben Cobb on 15 Jun 2009 - 11:52 ---Wes, DO NOT be put off about Daughters of Darkness - it's a bona-fide classic with beautiful imagery and far more accessible. You won't be disappointed.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for that Ben, yep I will get Daughters of Darkness at some stage - I've wanted to see it for some time now... Reading back my comment about Daughters of Darkness I think I was just being a bit shitty over the fall out of Malpertius. But yeah, I will get Daughters of Darkness, Blood Spattered Bride and some early Rollin films at some stage....

R-T-C Tim:
I got to see this on the big screen, with Kumel in attendance, at the Bradford Film Festival.

A very weird film, but I really like the surreal, dream-like, languorously paced atmosphere.

My wife hated every minute of it (and told the director so before realising who he was!), but really enjoyed 'Daughters of Darkness' - so take that as a recommendation.

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