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96 Ratings

The Mystery of Oberwald

Il mistero di Oberwald

West Germany, Italy, 1980
Drama, Romance


A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day.

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The Mystery of Oberwald Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Critics reviews

While enjoying target practice in the castle’s library [Vitti] declares, “I like hunting less and less but I like shooting.” In a way this appears to be Antonioni’s attitude toward the film. The narrative pretense of the proceedings is handled well enough—the camera follows the brooding action with precision as people lean against walls and the twists and turns of the chamber piece are sufficiently engaging to keep the viewer, at the very least, interested in how it will all turn out.
December 22, 2017
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Predating digital cinema by more than a decade, The Mystery of Oberwald presents faces and bodies in a disorienting, claustrophobic form. They’re both impossibly close and alien.
January 02, 2017
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