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"Il Principe di Homburg"

by David Sterritt

Marco Bellochio's version of Heinrich von Kleist's venerable "The Prince of Homburg" is also politically suspect, albeit in more interesting ways. Kleist's play is basically a profascist poem suggesting that a person's greatest triumph may be victory over one's own humanity in service to a greater good, i.e. that old favorite, law and order as represented by the State and the Wise Old Man who runs it. Bellochio underscores the elements of hallucinatory expressionism in Kleist's original conception, but this isn't enough to outweigh the drama's authoritarian tendencies. Still, the picture is magnificently photographed by Giuseppe Lanci in rich low-light tones, and Carlo Crivelli's atmospherically dissonant music suits the mood of the picture nicely. In all, disappointing but far from a total loss. And what a cinematographers' festival this has turned out to be so far!

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