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The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) 720p YIFY Movie

The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)

An alcoholic man wants to return the money he has borrowed.

IMDB: 7.24 Likes

  • Genre: Drama |
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.54G
  • Resolution: 1280x694 / 23.976 (23976/1000) fpsfps
  • Language: Italian
  • Run Time: 127
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 1 / 3

The Synopsis for The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) 720p

An alcoholic man wants to return the money he has borrowed.

The Director and Players for The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) 720p

[Director]Ermanno Olmi
[Role:]Anthony Quayle
[Role:]Rutger Hauer
[Role:]Sandrine Dumas

The Reviews for The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) 720p

Reviewed bygavin6942Vote: 7/10/10

A drunken homeless man (Rutger Hauer) in Paris is lent 200 francs by astranger (Anthony Quayle) as long as he promises to repay it to a localchurch when he can afford to; the film depicts the man's constantfrustrations as he attempts to do so.

This project started when producer Roberto Cicutto (Hotel Rwanda)bought the rights to Roth's book of the same name. A few directors wereapproached and turned the film down because the plot was too "thin" and"vague". Finally, Ermanno Olmi (Tree of Wooden Clogs) was suggested byTullio Kezich's wife, and he accepted. Perhaps because of modesty,Kezich suggests that Olmi wrote the bulk of the script, with Kezichmerely "watching him work". Kezich is best known as the film critic forCorriere della Sera and for his award-winning biography of directorFederico Fellini.

According to Kezich, Robert DeNiro wanted the lead role, and Cicuttoflew him to Europe to meet with Olmi. DeNiro was in awe of Olmi, butapparently the feeling was not mutual. Oddly, Rutger Hauer was wantedby Olmi because of his role in "The Hitcher" (1986), which makes littlesense. Hauer himself concedes that he was more comfortable with action,and less comfortable with nuance.

In fact, Hauer was probably a better choice than DeNiro, despite thelatter's bigger star power. Hauer is quite effective as the alcoholic,not overdoing it. The way he is dressed and presents himself makes the"holy drinker" an interesting character because on the surface heappears quite well-to-do when, in fact, he sleeps under a bridge.

Worth noting is Anthony Quayle, who has a small but important part, ashe really commands attention from the audience just with his presence.Unlike Hauer, Quayle was primarily a stage actor, steeped in Broadwayand Shakespeare. This may be why he so naturally comes off as"distinguished" because he certainly was.

The film won the Golden Lion at the 45th edition of the Venice FilmFestival. It also won four David di Donatello Awards (for best film,best director, Best cinematography and best editing) and two SilverRibbons (for best director and best screenplay). The film was selectedas the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 61stAcademy Awards, though it was not accepted as a nominee.

This mysterious tale -- almost a dark, dry comedy -- really comes tolife on the Arrow Blu-ray. The special features are fairly slim, thoughthe 25-minute interview with Kezich is enlightening and the 10-minuteinterview with Hauer is a joy. The best thing about this film is thatit is now going to be available to a new audience. Though notwell-known, it ought to be. In this reviewer's humble opinion, "HolyDrinker" is superior to "Tree of Wooden Clogs", and may be Hauer'sfinest role.

Reviewed byJordiVote: 9/10/10

Olmi is one of Europe's last Old Masters in the art of film making. He isusually regarded as a belated neo-realist, but after you've seen "TheLegendof the Holy Drinker", you will realize the label simply does notstick.This is a film about spirituality, about communion, one of the most deeplyreligious movies ever, whose only rivals might be Dreyer's "Ordet" orBergman's rather pretentious "faith trilogy" ("Through a Glass Darkly","Winter Light" and "The Silence"). However, you will not find Scandinavianmists or angst in Catholic Olmi's adaptation of the beautiful novellawritten, oddly enough, by a great Jewish novelist, Joseph Roth. Wine is ametaphor for life, and Paris is a metaphor for our urban world. In thissymbolic universe, it takes a great actor to give flesh and blood to thecharacter of Andreas, the holy drinker, a beggar endowed with an amazingsense of dignity. Rutger Hauer was the man for the job: this was his bestperformance: he was never better, and, to judge from the course his careerhas taken, I fear he will never be better than in this film. It is not athriller, but it is thrilling. It takes its own leisurely pace, but goesvery far, very deep indeed into the human soul.After so many insipid or unpalatable cinematic concoctions, treat yourselfto this film: it truly is vintage stuff.

Reviewed byduinnuk2Vote: 10/10/10

This simple tale is told at a pace which allows the audience time toreflect within the context of the moral challenges it presents. The resultis a level of engagement far superior to the gamut of empty sophisticationin the movie world. One is able to explore the implications of the actionsand decisions of Hauer's character without leaving the narrative - thereisno pressure for post viewing reflection when the spell of the film isbrokenand thought is coloured by a context inappropriate to the narrative. Hereisa complete experience - moving, profound and visually beautiful - ifonlyHollywood could produce cinema of this standard.

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