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03.27.2017
Die Farbe (2010)
Movie Review by The Insane Old One
01.31.11

Die Farbe (2010) We meet again, kiddies!

Let's take a walk in some of my favorite "terror-tory"; and talk of a marvelous adaptation of a work of the master, H.P. Lovecraft.

I've seen most (if not all) adapataions of his work, and whereas some are very good (Call of Cthulhu, The Re-Animator), others just seem to lose something in the translation.

The producers of the indie film "Die Farbe", however, have outdone themselves in this adaptation of what is arguably Lovecraft's masterpiece, "The Colour Out of Space".

This film brings the story forward some in time, but still not into modern day. The incorporation of World War II should please historical fans, and the revision is done seamlessly and seems very, very natural. Being a European film, it is largely in German, but that did nothing to detract my attention...and I usually hate subtitles. The story does it's work so well that I scarcely noticed I was reading.

The main thing that was so impressive to me can be summed up in one word: ATMOSPHERE. Done in black and white (except for the "colour" itself (die farbe, in German), the film is moody, foreboding...the performances of the actors go hand in hand with the deft and inspired cinematography (reminiscent of German expressionistic silent films from the '20s) to form a vision that will make you uncomfortable just in the watching, yet like the protagonist, you will feel drawn to continue to plumb the darkness for the answers.

I was very, very pleased in this film...so few capture the darkness and sheer feeling of ancient and intelligent wrongness of Lovecraft's stories, but this production team and performers obviously approached this with a love and attention that paid off in droves. Highly recommended to fans of such.

Remember children, nothing which is eternal can ever truly lie...so keep a light on!

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