everyone is commenting on the visuals but to me they help to perfectly realize the story they're not the only thing of worth about the film...this movie is very dear to me because it is about the life and death an Ugly Woman. loving the mentally ill ugly girl representation
Romantic drama set in 1910 approximately. Juraj Herz masterfully plays with genres and codes by inviting the fairy tales of our childhood and gothic horror at the party. I was so immersed in this schizophrenic story that I didn't notice that Iva Janzurova plays two different characters. Masterpiece.
Baroque in style, this unique and genuinely scary "horror" film may not be as perfect as The Cremator in its strangely-beautiful-beautifully-strange compositions, but it is still, undeniably another masterpiece from Slovak auetur, Juraj Herz.
Being a Herz admirer, I must confess that this was a major disappointment. The disorienting visuals make recourse to excessive use of wide-angle lens, the aesthetic impact of which is severely impaired by the tacky manipulations of color and the poor work on make-up. With a chaotic narrative on repressed sexuality, the decision to configure a gothic kaleidoscope of identity-shifts makes this an art-house flop.
Herz has a special place in the world of independant and bizarre cinema thanks to his masterpiece "the cremator". This Morgiana is a strange, beautifully gothic-ghostly romance with touches of experimentalism and weird situations. A nice and disturbing photography but don't expect to find back Herz' most original signature. Between Borowcyck's dr Jekyll, diary of a sinner and old hammer films.
D'une incroyable nullité technique, abusant outrageusement des focales et des déformations de l'image, une oeuvre profondément haïssable, sans aucun intérêt quelconque, où même les actrices sont consternante de laideur et de fadeur. On regrette amèrement le minet de son sympathique compatriote Vojtech Jasny... www.cinefiches.com