Gospel According to Harry (DVD)
Directed by Lech Majewski
Starring Viggo Mortensen
Combining the theatrical surrealism of Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, the pop-art playfulness of Richard Lester, scathing social critique, genuine pathos and the mind-boggling imagery for which writer-director Lech Majewski (The Garden of Earthly Delights, Glass Lips) is renowned, Gospel According to Harry is a wholly original cinematic tour de force.
Years before the Lord of the Rings trilogy catapulted him to international superstardom, Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) played Wes, a young husband locked in co-dependent discontent with his beautiful and needy wife Karen (Jennifer Rubin The Doors, Nightmare On Elm Street III). Their future prospects as barren as the sun-bleached dunes that are the surreal setting for their one room existence, Wes and Karen go through the dehumanizing motions of a modern life in which happiness is as ephemeral and elusive as the grains of sand beneath their feet.
Boasting a remarkable cast, including 60's British film icon Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago, The Knack and How to Get It), haunting visuals, and incisive wit, Gospel According to Harry - which was produced for David Lynch's Propaganda Films - is at last ready for discovery, available here for the first time on DVD.
1994 USA / Poland 81 min. Color In English
Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1)
a film by LECH MAJEWSKI GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HARRY
starring VIGGO MORTENSEN JENNIFER RUBIN JACK KEHOE HERBERT MOULTON and
Director of photography GRZEGORZ KEDZIERSKI
music by JAN A.P. KACZMAREK casting by JOHANNA RAY
Executive Producers SIGURJON SIGHVATSSON and WLODZIMIERZ NIDERHAUS
Produced by LECH MAJEWSKI and HENRYK ROMANOWSKI
Written and directed by LECH MAJEWSKI
© 1993 Lech Majewski, LME, Propaganda Films, WFDiF, Filmcontract
DVD Extras Include:
- Feature-length Audio Commentary by Lech Majewski
- Biography of Lech Majewski
- Optional French Subtitles
" ...HIGHLY VISUAL, BEAUTIFULLY SHOT ...A STRIKING FILM, where the director's maverick vision creates a metaphor for our times against a barren landscape." Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival
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