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The Legend of the Holy Drinker

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Genres: Drama, Mystery
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle
Director: Ermanno Olmi
Plot Synopsis:

Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend of the Holy Drinker is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs).

Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances – and his alcoholism – forever intervene.

Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Rutger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique) and Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen).

  • Release Details
    Release Date: September 26th, 2017
    Movie Release Year: 1988
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Academy
  • Technical Specs
    Specs:Brand new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
    High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of both the English and Italian versions of the film
    First pressing only: New writing on the film by Helen Chambers, author of Joseph Roth in Retrospect: Co-existent Contradictions
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/TBA
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Stereo 2.0 options for the English presentation with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    Stereo 2.0 audio for the Italian presentation with optional newly translated English subtitles
    Subtitles/Captions:English, English SDH
    Special Features:Brand-new interview with actor Rutger Hauer, recorded exclusively for this release
    Interview with screenwriter Tullio Kezich
    Theatrical Trailer