Oct. 11, 2006, 4:20 a.m. CST
I'm becoming intruiged by this film.
Oct. 11, 2006, 4:48 a.m. CST
the way da pretty flowers look like blood
Oct. 11, 2006, 5:01 a.m. CST
by Bob C. Cock
any reviews coming, quint?
Oct. 11, 2006, 5:16 a.m. CST
...that I haven't seen the German poster of it yet!
Oct. 11, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST
Looks like an American Beauty 2 poster!
Oct. 11, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST
All this film has to do is be half as good as the book and it will be unforgettable. This poster lets us know it's on the right track.
Oct. 11, 2006, 7:25 a.m. CST
by No Talent Ass Clown
If I remember correctly, the murderer is obsessed with the smell of virgin vaginas. I wonder if the movie will remain true to the book in that respect.
Oct. 11, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST
cause it don't
Oct. 11, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST
the Black Daliea poster?
Oct. 11, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST
The man's a genius. I cannot wait to see this. I'm a fan of all his movies. I thought Heaven was extrememly underated and Der Krieger und die Kaiserin is a masterpiece.
Oct. 11, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST
cinematically. The book is about a dude in 18th century Paris who has a superhuman sense of smell. He's also really ugly (he's a hunchback, if I recall correctly), who works as an perfumer, making phenomenal scents but who is also isolated from society, brooding, silent, bitter, resentful, all that jazz. One day he becomes infatutaed by the scent (undetectable to normal people) of a young virgin and he begins trying to duplicate the scent. SPOILERS AHEAD>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>> >>>>> He thinks that if he can smell like that girl, then people will love him. His quest to recreate the scent involves (for reasons I no longer remember) a need for him to murder several people. He basically becomes a serial killer. At the end of the book SUPER SPOILER>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> he finally recreates the scent and douses himself in it. But he uses too much and he gets mobbed by people who are drawn to him by the scent, crazed with "love" for him, they literally rip him to pieces. END SPOILERS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>a large part of the book is its descriptions of how keenly the main character smells things and can identify their components. It's fascinating as prose but will take some creativity to present in a cinematic form.
Oct. 11, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST
It looks really good...and I guess hearing the dialogue in French adds a layer of realism to it. (SPOILERS) I think it's going for the record for biggest cinematic orgy. Really.
Oct. 11, 2006, 5:21 p.m. CST
by Some Dude
The book is awesome. I think Hannibal ripped off the memory castle idea from it.
Oct. 11, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST
The good news: rated R for "aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images." The bad news: there's a narrator (John Hurt), which is almost always a bad sign, and apparently my girlfriend Franke isn't in it.
Oct. 11, 2006, 5:57 p.m. CST
"But he uses too much and he gets mobbed by people who are drawn to him by the scent, crazed with "love" for him..." As a public service to our teen readers, please note that dousing yourself with AXE body spray will not have this effect, so go easy kids.
Oct. 11, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST
style of Run Lola Run, to a moody, introspective film? I'd be impressed to see a director capable of switching up styles like that. Even the highly touted directors seem to pigeon-hole themselves into a predictable style. Maybe they don't want to, but could Tarantino make a nonviolent love story, could Guy Ritchie make a good movie that doesn't include a big ensemble cast cussing nonstop with wacky violence everywhere, could Kaufman make a straightforward, realistic movie? Are they capable of showing variety?
Oct. 11, 2006, 7:49 p.m. CST
There's one high-profile director who's always impressed me with his diversity: Ang Lee. Look at his output: "The Ice Storm"; "Ride with the Devil"; "The Hulk"; "Brokeback Mountain"; "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Say what you want about any of these films (and I know a lot of people hate The Hulk) but the man definitely knows how to completely move from one genre to the next.
Oct. 12, 2006, 6:09 a.m. CST
I think it's fucking brilliant. I agree with you totally about Lee too,he's a fantastic director.
Oct. 12, 2006, 7:52 a.m. CST
Just saw this movie a few days ago.... visually quite stunning but overall not half as good as what I expected... :( Read the book a few years ago and really really loved it. I remember a very dark atmosphere... I remember horror, awe and incredible originality... Unfortunately the movie didn't even come close to giving me that thrill... Maybe I should read the book again... maybe I just got my expectations too high... maybe I was young and "impressionnable" then and now I'm just old and "blasée"! ;)
Oct. 13, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST
Movie Review: As I am german, I was fortunate to watch the movie some days ago. I did not read the book but heard it was great. I really like the new posterart. The german poster is not quite as good as this one. This one is great, more subtle and intriguing. But let´s come down to the movie really: When I first heard, that there was a narrator in the movie I was very sceptical. Mostly narrators are used if the script or acting is bad. Bad I was wrong. The narrator fits the film perfectly. He puts you in the scene and allows Ben Kipshaw to pull up a very great performance in subtle way. There are a lot of closeups of his face and he really performs quite well without having much lines to say really. You can understand the desperate obsession that has taken hold of him. Also he is no hunchback like in the book, which is a change that had to be made for the movie. A repulsive character is hard to sympathize with. So the leading act is intriguely fascinating, but not fascinating in a Hannibal Lector way. He is not an intellectual cold blooded murderer. He is rather obsessed and desperate. At sometimes you might even feel pitty for him, at least before he starts to slaughter beautiful ladies. The first 2 murderes happen by chance. But once the path was chosen there were no turning back. Really great stuff here. Also Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman pull up quite good perfomances and is nice to see Alan Rickman in role that is not badass cynical as in Die Hard, Harry Potter or Robin Hood. He is a loving, caring father. Very subtle. And heartbreaking at the end. The movie is at some times funny as a lot of people die by chance as they cross the way of the movies protoganist although he has nothing to do with it. Hillarious! Great! But is the movie a thriller in the common sense ? No, it is not. You are not really introduced to all the ladies that are killed. So you don´t care for them. This is the murderers story really. Not the victims. The last victim, the daughter of Alan Rickman - and a real babe by the way - is the only one you might care for, she is the one, the murderer wants last, to perfect his perfume. But then again not so much that you absolutely want here to survive the hunt. But the movie is entertaining. Fascinating. The setting is great. The cinematography is great. Tom Tykwer manages to visually create scents in some unusual ways. Very creative. Time flies by and you wonder if our protagonist manages to get his perfect perfume done before he gets caught. You learn a lot about perfume making, about the time and place the people lived. All in all a good if not great film. With some good performances and cinematography. But no thriller. Ohh….. and a funny mass orgy (gang bang) of some hundred people at the end of the movie. Quite some stuff. I doubt, that this scenes make it to the cinemas in the U.S. A lot of breasts, and asses, even some testicles here and there. I think the film is disturbing in some or the other way, that might make it hard for it to perform well at the box office in the u.s. But nontheless. I liked it very much because of it being disturbing..