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Morgiana (1972) Film of the Week #249

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Morgiana (1972) Film of the Week #249

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Post by joachimt » October 7th, 2018, 7:21 pm

Film of the Week #249: Morgiana (1972)

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Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

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#378(NEW) Morgiana (1972)
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Directed by: Juraj Herz
(344.73 Pts, 10 Votes) , Top 1–10–50: 0–1–3
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Post by rnilsson19 » October 8th, 2018, 2:52 pm

I saw it a few weeks ago. Gorgeous visuals, enticing soundtrack, enjoyed it way more than The Cremator. I'm hoping it hasn't fallen off the 500<400 list.

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Post by Ebbywebby » October 13th, 2018, 5:30 am

I watched it last night...loved the look and the music (IMDb tells me the composer also scored "Case for a Rookie Hangman" and "Valerie & Her Week of Wonders"), but the story was a little thin. So much of the movie was just vulturing over a glass and wondering whether a person or pet will DRINK or not. Heh. I'm freaked, because I just discovered both sisters were played by the same actress and I didn't even realize while watching! I did like "The Cremator" much more, but I really loved that film so this isn't much of an insult.

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Post by Melvelet » October 13th, 2018, 8:32 am

...and it's about the villain's insecurity about the effectiveness of the poison. Actually, you're right, the story isn't quite on par with the great cinematography (especially noteworthy are the heavy use of wide-angle lenses like in The Cremator and the "cat POV" very low angle tracking shots) and the music. And I'm relieved that I wasn't the only one that didn't realize they're played by the same actress (which gives Viktoria's early remark that Klara has an annoying face a little twist). The make-up artist and the wig made a good job if that was intentional (I somehow like the idea of taking the same actress for both part and then concealing it).
The story itself suffered from the censorship: it actually revolved around a schrizophrenia twist - Viktoria and Klara are actually the same person. I'm not a fan of this kind of plot twist anymore but I guess most of the exploitation of it was done by later films. Would the movie even be more hallucinogenic if both characters had drunk the poison?

Overall, it doesn't quite reach the heights of my beloved Cremator but it's a sensory pleasure. And the story definitely isn't bad and well-executed, even if we'd reduce it to the glass - Viktoria's doubt (trying to prevent her sister from drinking it at first) and feeling of guilt (the scene were she watched a red fluid dilute and subsequently doesn't want to drink her tea from clear glasses anymore) to the accidental killing of the titular cat with the hypnotic blue eyes - there's lots of great moments and details.

8-/10
Sadly going off the list this year but I hope it'll come back.

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http://sensesofcinema.com/2017/cteq/morgiana/
http://nothingbutthenight.blogspot.com/ ... -1972.html
http://w-cinema.blogspot.com/2012/05/morgiana-1972.html

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Post by Lammetje » October 14th, 2018, 8:18 pm

Rather disappointing. I felt like the whole movie was crammed with effects and the main characters were too extreme to be real. I also didn't notice that Viktorie and Klára were played by the same actress. :o Oh, and I recognized an avatar - HVM's iirc.

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Post by Ebbywebby » October 14th, 2018, 9:55 pm

Wow...quite interesting to learn about the original twist. I'm trying to imagine how that would work. She's poisoning herself? She has two separate inheritance packages? Not sure I get how the story could be explained in this context.

I'll be curious where it finishes in the #501-#1000 countdown, because perhaps my belated vote would have pushed it into the 500.

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Post by RBG » October 15th, 2018, 4:17 am

i was sort of meh on this too. i don't like the cremator much tbh so maybe it's just herz. i do think the twist could have been potentially more interesting and see it hinted at a few times. i like fairytales but this was just too extreme with the costumes, hair, makeup and acting styles. too bad since the girl gang i follow on letterboxd mostly LOVED it

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