Kino Lorber offers an attentive restoration of a neglected, greatly prescient sci-fi masterpiece.
It’s the Alain Resnais film’s strikingly modern moral and philosophical debates that make it look as if it were made yesterday.
The facticity of the film itself is continually called into question by Alain Resnais’s decision to blur the boundaries between nonfiction and fiction films.
Alain Resnais’s film opens on a formally conservative note and proceeds to rip it to shreds.
Most problematic is the way in which the Vietnamese are romanticized, as if they had not fought for their livelihoods and land, visceral and specific, but for ideals alone.
The film’s nihilist point is clear: It’s the world against Trelkovsky and not the other way around.
One of Polanski’s greater efforts gets a handsome transfer on this DVD edition, but the lack of supplemental features counts as a major disappointment.