Steppenwolf (1974)

Steppenwolf (1974)

Directed by: Fred Haines

Starring: Max von Sydow, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti

Wow, that’s a trippy poster. I guess it fits, though, since this is a pretty trippy movie. It’s kinda like a good David Lynch film, except it’s not confusing, it’s just disjointed. Surprisingly, just that change makes this a significantly more fun film to watch.

Max von Sydow plays Harry Haller, an older society man who feels like his polite demeanor is merely a shell holding in the wolf inside him. After he goes to a party where he feels completely out of place and makes a fool of himself, he wanders around town aimlessly. He meets a woman who shows him the ways of the “bourgeois”, meaning giving into the wolf inside and exploring his own mind. The last half of the film takes place inside the “magic theater”, which is just this crazy 2001-esque sequence. Where he’s looking at memories and tripping balls.

I liked this movie. I don’t know if I was just in the “right mood” for it (THAT IS CODE FOR DRUGS) or what, but I actually really appreciated this movie. It has some really cool 70’s special effects (which means they look lame, but awesome at the same time. It’s hard to explain, but if you watch Barbarella you’ll understand what I mean) and Max von Sydow is, to nobody’s surprise, excellent. I’d recommend it.

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