WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS--Updates, Reviews and Discussion

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Unread post by Newt » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:44 am

What a visual feast, damn. Chris Menges came out of retirement for this one and it's well worth it.

I was taken aback by how little Johnny is in the film (Rob too, even less) though I guess it adds to the power of it. Joll basically enters the film, takes off and leaves behind chaos before returning for the final fourth. Johnny's excellent but I find the character to be too surface level, and that has to do with the writing. That glimpse of him in his carriage before he leaves (towards the end), looking completely disheveled, the mask finally coming off and that was it. I wished we'd seen more of that.

I wonder if someone's read the book here and could compare, is Joll this little present in the book too?

Mark is mesmerizing, his scenes with Johnny sizzle. He just has this facility about him, so measured, so soft spoken, makes it look easy but you know there's so much craft there.

The film is pretty slow, definitely contemplative, but very compelling, with a real sense of mood and atmosphere.

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Unread post by AdeleAgain » Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:21 pm

Newt (thanks for the opportunity to talk about a film) - it is very close to the book, and follows exactly Joll's arrival and re-appearances.

I thought it was pitch perfect in terms of performances - I just longed for more of the three men together - that long scene is chilling. Favourite moment is Joll's half turn of head to Mandel "he's yours". Johnny does so many over the top characters I love him being very restrained.

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Unread post by nebraska » Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:04 pm

The book was very much the Magistrate's story. Joll played a critical role in the story and I think Johnny portrayed him well.

The book club here on the Zone has a discussion about the book with lots of interesting background information if you would like to know more about it. It helped me understand the movie on a deeper level

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Unread post by Newt » Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:35 am

I'll check that out, thanks. I just feel that Joll and Mandel could have had more depth mainly. Nothing to do with the performances which are excellent, but there's not enough meat imo there. Then again, some people are just what they are on the surface, and evil for evil's sake.

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Unread post by gipsyblues » Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:55 am

I read the book with anticipation and was very satisfied. It was the same with the film I bought on DVD. Johnny's, Marc's and the portrayal of the other actors are very well implemented for me. If you like movies with deep content, the wait for the Babariens is the right choice. :ok:

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Unread post by gipsyblues » Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:06 am

Of course , Waiting for the Barbarians ;)

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Unread post by AdeleAgain » Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:55 am

This is terrific:


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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:51 am

:thankyou:

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Unread post by nebraska » Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:49 am

Wonderful!

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Unread post by fireflydances » Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:04 pm

Truly a beautiful and insightful short film. Coetzee is a superb and very deep thinker, and so glad that Waiting for the Barbarian has been made. The timing is perfect.
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested." Sir Francis Bacon, Of Studies

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Unread post by gipsyblues » Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:54 am

I agree, fireflydances. Exactly my thoughts and feelings . :airkiss:

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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:31 am

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:thankyou: IFOD!