Here Comes the Calvary

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An appropriate image for Easter.

ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, on Blu-ray from Masters of Cinema, reviewed by me for Electric Sheep. And like a fool, I’d never seen it.

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4 Responses to “Here Comes the Calvary”

  1. It’s a masterpiece. Renato Salvatore is amazing. His climactic scene with Annie Girardot was paid homage to by Fassbinder in Berlin Alexanderplatz. The cathedral on whose roof a key scene takes place was built by Visconti’s ancestors.

  2. I was trying to figure out if the high angle God shot at the end of that cathedral scene would have been inspired by Hitchcock and North by Northwest (fleeing the UN) and I decided it would.

  3. I’m not so sure about that. I find nothing Hollywood in Visconti — even in those films where one might expect it to seep in (Osessione, Death in Venice) I expect the angle is derived from Renaissance painting.

  4. Well, there’s Brueghels’ falling Icarus, but this focus on a single figure running from the scene, the intense focus on interest on a tiny moving part in an angle that explicitly seems to evoke God’s POV, seems very Hitchcockian.

    Agree that generally Visconti is quite un-Hollywood. Ossessione is not The Postman Always Rings Twice.

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