Talking Movies

September 30, 2018

Notes on Cold War

This week saw a catch-up film of the week for Sunday Breakfast with Patrick Doyle, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War.

Shot in 1:1 ratio, like Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, and featuring luminous monochrome cinematography from Lukasz Zal this was an unusually sombre film to be discussing on Sunday breakfast radio. Musicians Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) play out a tortured romance across 15 years from Poland to France via East Germany and Yugoslavia.

There are a lot of other films in Cold War‘s DNA, from Dr Zhivago to Betty Blue, Jules et Jim to A Star is Born, and while it manages to assert its own independence from them it never truly feels as original as its opening sequences suggest it could have been.

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