El hombre de mimbre

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Tras leer una carta anónima que da a entender el asesinato de una joven que ha desaparecido, el sargento Howie (Edward Woodward), de Scotland Yard, ha de viajar hasta Summerisle, una isla remota alejada de la civilización que se encuentra en la costa norte de Inglaterra. Una vez allí, el inspector conoce al líder religioso de la isla, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), y cuando comienza con su investigación descubre que en la isla se produce un extraño rito pagano. (Divisa Home Video)


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español Una remota isla escocesa con dramáticos acantilados y vegetación barrida por el viento... La atmósfera del lugar y la mentalidad sectaria de sus habitantes la convierten en una película única, para un debut casi de serie B de un director que luego dejó el cine. La ofuscación de todos los presentes, el seductor trasfondo sexual, el despiste del protagonista del comisario al que nadie respeta, y la elaboración casi narrativa de sus desquiciadas creencias y sus orígenes hacen un argumento absorbente y con ritmo para la película. ()


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inglés Colorful fictional folklore, a bit of hippie poetics of apple growing and casual sex, a bit of dull detective story kicked off with the final twist. Yes, its atmosphere cannot be denied, it can be resonating like Christopher Lee's tone color - especially in an epic ending. But the filmmaking is really mediocre, full of naivety and, in the extended version, quite disturbing visual excesses. In short, the film didn't entice me nearly as well as like-minded crazy films (which I consider to be my heart's capital) would have. Feel free to burn me to death - great idea, slightly above-average movie. ()



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inglés A small cinematic delicacy that was completely overlooked at the time of its release and was not discovered and praised by film critics until much later. The story of a policeman who travels to an island near England in search of a missing girl and is confronted with the pagan customs of the local folk engulfs the viewer with a unique atmosphere and impressive music. It plays a really big role here and the whole film is interspersed with musical and dance interludes that do not slow down the plot, but on the contrary add to its impact. Genre-wise, the film is classified as horror (some critics even call it the Citizen Kane of horror films), but it feels more like a detective story and the horror classification is fulfilled only by the slightly shocking ending, which puts it in the same line as Shyamalan's films in terms of surprise. We can only regret that the director was not very diligent creatively in later years. ()


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inglés This very unconventional detective story (mistakenly called a horror) is based mainly on the strange mysterious atmosphere of a small British island ruled by pagan customs instead of Christianity. The confrontation between the bigoted policeman and the local natives, who acknowledge an ancient deity, escalates into an exquisite ending, where it is up to each viewer to decide whether they prefer the human sacrifice to the goddess of the earth or the words "The Lord is my shepherd." Edward Woodward excels in the lead role of the strongly religious detective, and like Christopher Lee opposite him, his charisma is evident in every frame. The powerful experience is further enhanced by the strange folk music and dance rituals, which surprisingly do not disturb (and yet this is no musical), but simply belong to the film like everything else. The last ritual gives unpleasant chills. ()


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inglés This is one of those films that always convince me (when I’m in doubt) that my efforts to fill my horror film education are not pointless. It is permeated by an incredible atmosphere, though not a scary or horror one – The Wicker Man is only marginally horror – but the very particular atmosphere of countryside, fields, sun, etc. I didn’t mind at all the music score (though it’s not something I like much elsewhere) because it helps the film a lot; it’s really good. The film has a great twist, which today wouldn’t be as shocking as thirty years ago, but it still adds points. For me, this a gem that should captivate everyone (provided they are in the right mood, like I was), even if there are a few things that deserve criticism. I haven’t watched the recent remake with Cage and I don’t want to. ()

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