The 1800s: scholarly Karl Schiller believes he's found the ring of the Nibelungen, which holds great power. It's at Castle Dracula. His twin, Franz, a gambler, asks if vampires frighten Karl; Karl shows him an Egyptian amulet, which may protect him. Franz takes the amulet and sets out ahead of his brother, arriving at the castle first. There he finds a countess who invites him to dine. Later that night, Karl arrives. Coincidently, it's the Night of the Virgin Moon, a night that falls every fifty years and draws five virgins from the surrounding village to the castle not be heard from again. Can Karl protect his brother, find the ring, and rescue any of the women?
Gaby G (gb) wrote: The ending ruined it. Otherwise sweet.
KARLA E (ag) wrote: Love it. Kinda revisit it every chance I get. Marsden was perfect and so easy to fall for.
Iga M (ru) wrote: Za dlugie. Pare dobrych momentow. Weselne madrosci zyciowe... Tja.
Marylew B (kr) wrote: Long but good. Diane Lane is exceptional.
Sally Z (ag) wrote: "Just enjoy the movie. It has Tom Berenger."
Antoine S (gb) wrote: Apres des meandres qui nous secouent d'un personnage a l'autre, d'une personnalite a l'autre, le film devient poignant jusqu'au bout.
Freddy F (ag) wrote: B = Well above average
Marco T (fr) wrote: Despite its many excellent qualities, a frustrating film to watch. Mainly because it never seems to realise its comic potential; many opportunities are missed and it simply doesn't have enough funny moments as it should.Still, this is a clever, subtle and charming film, with the romance between Ustinov/Smith adroitly done (their musical duet is especially charming); I suspect it's a film that will be more enjoyable on repeat viewings.
Luc L (kr) wrote: A beautiful love tragedy film.
Jeremiah L (nl) wrote: Another perfect little Sturges film.
Jon A (gb) wrote: A bit slow at times, but good performances from Hurt and Julie keep you interested. A pretty unique movie.
Liam P (ag) wrote: First things first, I think this is a criminally underrated and forgotten masterpiece.Why? Because it's just freakin' brilliant!Seriously though, the films sense of menace is palpable. Carol White is a void within a void of meaninglessness, her life lacks direction, purpose; her life is as plain as her own name. She's the stereotypical waif 'homemaker', reserved, delicate, sensitive and stuck in her routine. She starts physically reacting to everything around her. Fumes choke her, fragrances cause panic attacks, chemicals make her bleed; she simply has an allergic reaction to everything around her for no particular reason.Todd Haynes camera frames Carol extremely wide within her world, he uses the sets/locations as a subtle indicator of the void she resides in that now bares down on her. In particular, her house is a huge vessel of modernist design, clean living, perfect in its layout. The house overwhelms the character, a new sofa the first indicator of a threat to her health. The films use of framing and movement is undoubtedly inspired by Antonioni and his use of cinematography, architecture and placing a character within this metropolis. It is the perfect device to present how Carol becomes unable to live within the modern world.Though it'ss set in the mid 80's, the world appears to get more contemporary as it goes on. The first half is filled with signifiers of the time yet the final scenes have no immediate sense of time or decade. It could be any time, any decade, anywhere.Julianne Moores performance is wonderful, she plays the character with such subtle reservation but quiet determination to find out what is happening to her and how she can fix it.The film offers no easy answers and doesn't guide the viewer to a definitive answer of what it's really trying to say. It doesn't even ask the viewer to sympathise with her plight but it does provoke a whole load of questions.Is the world really toxic to Carol? Is she making it all up to seek attention? Does this simply provide her life with a sense of meaning or purpose? Is illness contracted externally or does it originate from within? Is living in a white box the only answer to truly remove oneself from the toxicity modern world?As much as I love Todd Haynes other films (particularly Far From Heaven) I think this is his best film to date and one of the most essential American films of all time.
Karen H (mx) wrote: 2015-08-21 as bad as I thought it would be