Friday, January 11, 2013
THE DEVIL (1972) - Andrzej Zulawski
The Devil is Zulawski's second feature, the one that supposedly got him kicked out of Poland. I'm not a Polish history scholar, and I definitely didn't do any studying up on it before going into this one blind. But it's obvious from the first few minutes without knowing a lick about Partition (ok, I did a little post-viewing Googling) that The Devil is coming from a very politically angry place.
It's also coming from an unhinged one. Never have I seen more apocalyptic tantrums, freak-outs, razor slashings, incestuous couplings, stabbed horses, frost-bitten genitals and dirty Prussian snow in one place in the space of two hours. That's not a recommendation, per se. This may be the hardest Zulawski film to sit through that I've seen. Mind you, I've seen My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days. The Devil is definitely a film under the influence. If it didn't get Zulawski kicked out of Poland, it definitely should have gotten him kicked out of Sunday school.