Portrait of Hell Screen 2 articles

Portrait of Hell

1969

Portrait of Hell Poster
  • About 30% stunning, 70% slightly disjointed; showing the portrait at the end was probably a mistake, then again not showing it would've seemed like a cop-out so what can you do.

  • Nakadai is superhumanly intense, melting holes in the screen with his intense glower. Kinnosuke Nakamura as the lustful lord is a bit too fleshily on-the-nose, sneering and twitching the painted eyebrows in a way that feels a little too theatrical. But as the film proceeds and his character becomes ever more hateful, and yet doomed and neurotic also, the performance comes to seem exactly right.