quarta-feira, 8 de março de 2023

The 4th Man, by Paul Verhoeven (1983)

The morbid Catholic writer Gerard Reve who is bisexual, alcoholic and has frequent visions of death is invited to give a lecture in the literature club of Vlissingen. While in the railway station in Amsterdam, he feels attracted to a handsome man who embarks on another train. Gerard is introduced to the treasurer of the club and beautician Christine Halsslag, a wealthy widow who owns the Spider beauty shop, and they engage in a one night stand. On the next morning, Gerard sees the picture of Christine's boyfriend Herman and recognizes him as the man he saw in the train station. He urges her to bring Herman to her house to spend a couple of days together, but with the secret intention of seducing the man.

Director Paul Verhoeven

Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman.


Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.

Paul Verhoeven: [religious imagery] Gerard's visions include seeing the object of his lust being portrayed as a crucified Jesus, the loincloth replaced by a pair of speedos. The lady in the blue robe represents the Holy Mary, and in the train scene, she is holding an apple skin over her little boy's head as if it were a halo. The opening credits also feature the symbolic image of a spider crawling over a crucifix.

Audio in Dutch. Subtitles in English & Portuguese

LINK:  https://youtu.be/Ei_6t8JxHq4

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