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Malmkrog | Review

Malmkrog | Review

Ollie Ollie Oligarchy: Puiu Weighs the World That Was in Long Form

For what stands as his sixth narrative feature, Malmkrog, Romanian New Wave auteur Cristi Puiu returns to a text he’s obviously fascinated by, the 1900 philosophical publication War, Progress, and the End of History: Three Conversations Including a Short Story of the Anti-Christ by Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, whose works influenced the generation after him more than his own (like Sergei Bulgakov or Lev Shestov). Puiu had mounted an experimental workshop in 2013 which became the film Three Exercises of Interpretation, but this time around, he mounts a loose period piece adaptation of the text, shifting the action to Transylvania and the language to French with a running time of nearly three-and-a-half-hours.…

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