Axel Heyst lives on a secluded island near the Dutch East Indies port of Surabaya. The year is 1913. While on personal business to the port, he visits the hotel owned by racist German ... See full summary »
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The US DVD edition was modified from non-anamorphic 35mm to a letter-boxed wide screen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. As result, some of the explicit nudity of the film was softened (An outdoors scene featuring full frontal nudity from Bill Pullman and Irène Jacob was optically cropped off). See more »
I went into watching the film with no expectations, and found that it actually wasn't that bad. The film is choppy and inconsistent, but there's lots of little clever touches and running gags. The actors veer in and out of character and the director seemingly couldn't decide if he was making a light-hearted espionage flick or a sharp black comedy, but it's still fun to notice and pick apart the subtle asides and sight gags. Not the greatest movie of all time, but an amusing way to spend an hour and a half.
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