Posted: December 13, 2017 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Agatha Christie, Albert Finney, Barry Keoghan, Collin Farrell, David Sachet, Efthymis Filippou, Ingrid Bergman, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Green, Murder on the Orient Express, Paul Dehn, Poirot, Sidney Lumley, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos | 1,257 Comments »
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When I saw writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Efthymis Filippou’s earlier film Dogtooth, I must be honest and say I didn’t have the most favorable reaction and many might consider that odd.
I felt it a rather dated attack on middle class mores that had already been done to death in the 1950’s and 60’s, especially in the off-Broadway theater.
But then I saw The Lobster, their last film, an hysterical satire and social commentary on love and relationships and the society that promotes them.
And now I’ve seen their latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and I realized I was partially right about my earlier analysis because the more I see of their work, the more I realize the turgid social commentary of those decades are not their main influences. Rather, these two artists are the 21st Century embodiment of the existentialist/theater of the absurd practitioners like Beckett, Ionesco, Sartre, Albee and others of that ilk.
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