|A namby-pamby scholar is tasked with finding and arresting a villainous alchemist|
It's a particular problem, as so far as I can tell everyone who sees the film comes away saying it's either excellent or terrible. Despite the fact I've taken it upon myself to tell you about dozens of movies I don't have a particularly good critical faculty or understanding of art, so can only really say that this is either a complex and intriguing piece, or something pretentious and wilfully impenetrable. I'm always gladdened when films credit their audience with thinking minds - and I came away with a number of interpretations of what I saw, and have pondered them since - but I can't be sure how much these were intended, how much my response is down to a film crafted like a mystery, or whether it all means nothing, and is merely a set of exciting pictures flung together haphazardly. I liked it, but you might hate it and be right to do so.
|By force of personality the prisoner turns his captors to his will|
They look for treasure!
P.P.S. Through no great planning, I've done two consecutive posts about films with the word 'field' in their titles, exactly 50 years apart. Hooray!