31 Grad im Schatten (1965)

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31 Grad im Schatten: Directed by Jirí Weiss. With Anne Heywood, James Booth, Rudolf Hrusínský, Ann Todd. A respected grocery shop employee in Prague is covering up for her manager’s misconduct with whom she is having an affair; however, things will get complicated when a thorough auditor pays a visit.

“This movie is violent and very sexually graphic, bordering at times on artistic but hardcore pornography; but it isnu0026#39;t lurid for the sole purpose of scandal. u0026quot;Goryu0026quot; appropriately describes some sections of this film but the word by no means encapsulates it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIf one is willing to stomach the periodic revulsion of watching this movie from beginning to end with a thoughtful and mature perspective they will find that it is full of symbolism, foreshadowing, and the kind of characterization that brings great success to novels. Few movies, in fact, possess the level of depth that Antichrist does. The movie isnu0026#39;t packed with moral insight but that doesnu0026#39;t preclude it from being intellectually engaging and, as a consequence, genuinely entertaining. One will also realize that the violent and sexual content is never pure excess. The gory scenes, though sickening, are always important in some way to the main themes of the movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAt several points during the course of this film I couldnu0026#39;t help but rewind it to watch a scene again, discuss it in greater depth with my friends, attempt to extricate the finer details that are present in abundance both at the surface and underneath.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTo anybody that tries to berate this movie as the deranged product of excessively liberal foreigners I must point you to movies like Saw, which drew American crowds young and old for numerous sequels that were basically just seriesu0026#39; of elaborate and gruesome torture scenes, sometimes clever but never much more than that.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere is more to Antichrist than meets the eye, and I highly recommend it to anybody looking for a horror/suspense film that engages more than just the reptilian parts of the brain.”

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