LEGEND OF THE HOLY DRINKER REVIEWED
“Legend of the Holy Drinker” wants to play with a lot. A Distinguished Gentleman arrives in Paris and he changes the lives of those around him. The film wants to work as an allegory about how anyone can change. Still, it takes two hours and a lot of empty dialogue scenes to get that idea across. I love what the film wanted to be, but I can see the movie boring several audience members to tears.
- Brand-new interview with actor Rutger Hauer, recorded exclusively for this release
- Interview with screenwriter Tullio Kezich
- Theatrical trailer
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: New writing on the film by Helen Chambers, author of Joseph Roth in Retrospect: Co-existent Contradictions
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 9/26/17
The Plot Thus Far
Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend of the Holy Drinker is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs). Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances – and his alcoholism – forever intervene. Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Ruger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique) and Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen).