Ultra Violence in Ultra Panavision and Poetic Glory
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by: Mark Lyndon, London
First, a word of
warning. This film is not for the faint hearted or the squeamish. It is not
for those who hope and expect cinema to depict the world as it should be, as
opposed to reflecting the world as it is.
Eight" is ugly, violent, gory and brutal. it also contains some of
the most hauntingly beautiful and poetic imagery ever projected in a cinema.
If at all possible, it must be seen in Ultra Panavision 70. A huge amount of
courage, dedication and vision has gone into bringing this film to the big
screen, for a mainstream audience to have it's eyes opened to what cinema is
capable of achieving in the hands of a true master.
With "The Hateful Eight", Tarantino has proved himself to be a master
of painterly composition in the class of Kubrick, a virtuoso of landscape in
the league of Lean, He shines supreme in the art of casting and directing
ensemble players the like of which has not been seen since Welles and his
Ennio Morricone has composed a score of outstanding measure and power that
supports and underpins "The Hateful Eight" with great skill and
aplomb. A landmark in the history of film composition is the dissonant fugue
that is heard at a particularly critical point in the action.
There are many references in "The Hateful Eight" to great works of
the cinema and beyond. Tribute is paid to Kubrick, "The Shining" and
the ever present chess game Kubrick played in between takes. Death and chess
are close, as in "The Seventh Seal". In "The Hateful Eight",
White hell is other people, a riff on Satre's Huis Clos and Bunuel's
Tarantino is the most painterly director, working in cinema today. He is our
Goya, most notably in his unflinching portrayal of violence and horror. To
see Goya's painting of Saturn will require a visit to the Prado Museum in
Madrid. To see "The Hateful Eight" in 70mm will require a visit to
the Odeon Leicester Square in
London. There is only one print in the UK
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