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The Mystery of Oberwald

1980

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  • While enjoying target practice in the castle’s library [Vitti] declares, “I like hunting less and less but I like shooting.” In a way this appears to be Antonioni’s attitude toward the film. The narrative pretense of the proceedings is handled well enough—the camera follows the brooding action with precision as people lean against walls and the twists and turns of the chamber piece are sufficiently engaging to keep the viewer, at the very least, interested in how it will all turn out.

  • Predating digital cinema by more than a decade, The Mystery of Oberwald presents faces and bodies in a disorienting, claustrophobic form. They're both impossibly close and alien.

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