The Power Of Evil

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Sporadically interesting drama with Voelz as a young theology student who has an affair with Barrault, the wife of his benefactor, Gassman. He becomes entrapped in her scheme to kill her husband; she plans to provoke Gassman into a heart attack by telling him the truth about the relationship. It works, but Barrault is greatly dismayed to find that her husband's...read more

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Sporadically interesting drama with Voelz as a young theology student who has an affair with Barrault, the wife of his benefactor, Gassman. He becomes entrapped in her scheme to kill her husband; she plans to provoke Gassman into a heart attack by telling him the truth about the

relationship. It works, but Barrault is greatly dismayed to find that her husband's will leaves his armaments factory to Voelz. Barrault, a leftist, wants the factory to arm her comrades, so she offers to give Voelz his daughter by her in return for the factory. Voelz accepts and is last seen

wandering the countryside with his little girl, impoverished and endlessly quoting the Bible. There is a great deal of potential here. Zanussi is one of Poland's best directors, and the stunning opening sequences of the film, set in an unspecified Eastern European city in the 1920s, convey the

decay of the still-young Industrial Revolution magnificently. The whole thing falls apart, though, as it drives its obvious points home again and again, with characters talking too much about good versus evil and the like.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Sporadically interesting drama with Voelz as a young theology student who has an affair with Barrault, the wife of his benefactor, Gassman. He becomes entrapped in her scheme to kill her husband; she plans to provoke Gassman into a heart attack by telling… (more)

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