Thursday, September 5, 2019
Ga, Ga: Glory to Heroes (1986) Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin
Pitch black satire is kind of like what might happened if Monty Python was doing weird political science fiction ala the Brother's Grimm's other brother George Orwell. Even by Szulkin's weird standards this film is out there as horror builds on humor which is building on a soul crushing view of humanity. Its a weird trip made stranger by the fact that Szulkin's narrative remains intact all the way to the end. Where Szulkin's films can get trippy at the end due to a drifting narrative this time out it's trippy in a logical and reasoned way all the way through, with the final revelations being just another turn of the screw.
I winced all the way to the end.
Frankly this was one of the most disturbing features I've seen all year.
GA GA GLORY TO HEROES plays September 6 and 7 at Lincoln Center.
(An aside if anyone knows what if any influence this film had on Claire Denis's HIGH LIFE please let me know)