The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáce)
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This movie will be released onApr 17, 2020
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Movie Info & Cast
- Stellan Skarsgård
- Harvey Keitel
- Barry Pepper
- Julian Sands
- Udo Kier
- Aleksey Kravchenko
- Tim Kalkhof
- Jitka Cvancarová
- David L. Price
- Pavel Kríz
Did You Know?
- Jerzy Kozinski based the source novel for this movie on several stories from Poland that were unavailable to English language readers. The novel is, therefore, a work of plagiarism.
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As in the book, the shock effect of coldly detailed incest, bestiality and sexual abuse, beatings, killings and mutilation is furiously nonstop in a film of nearly three hours. Rather than numbing the viewer, however, the parade of evil is presented in a dismaying crescendo of horror that offers no escape.
There is beauty in the 35mm black and white landscapes and framings of this painterly widescreen feature, but it stands in stark contrast with the alienating narrative and tone of a film which, like Kosinski’s book, takes a strange relish in charting the descent of simple country folk of a never-named country into sexual depravity and joyless cruelty.
The Painted Bird ... is not the wallowing miserablist parade you might fear, yet not quite the Holocaust-themed masterpiece it wishes to be. But it’s always starkly compelling as a reminder of why war survival stories are essential to our understanding of innocence and beastliness.