24 March 2006 | adamsc1
disarming visitor shepherds the hurting residents
I thoroughly enjoyed this film the first time I saw it. I have seen it twice in about the last 10 years on late night TV. It's been a while since my last viewing of the film.
It has a powerful message and has elements of the hero-flick, in the personal presence, and apparent infallibility of Mr Veidt's character.
The sinfulness of our human character, in several of its guises, is on display in this film; lust, greed, folly, etc.
What is compelling is Veidt's character's dealing with such realities of our nature. Rather than blasting all the evildoers away with bullets as one might expect in a "hero-flick", he expresses patience, acceptance of their frailties and love to the unlovable house guests.
The film might prompt you to ask the question, who in history has loved humanity in such a sacrificially way?