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La Leggenda del Santo Bevitore

Ermanno Olmi France, 1988

Dennis-Leroy Kangalee's rating of the film The Legend of the Holy Drinker

One of the greatest films ever made. Saw it when I was in Berlin, broke, and down and out...and it revived and inspired me. I had never had such a peculiarly spiritual experience when watching a film and I was moved by Rutger Hauer's beautiful performance. As good (or even better!) than Joseph Roth's stunning short story on which this film is based. Marvelous achievement.