The dashingly handsome Andrea di Stefano (BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, Dario Argento’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) delivers a riveting lead performance in THE PRINCE OF HOMBURG. The film is directed by Marco Bellocchio (HENRY IV, THE NANNY). Di Stefano stars as the Prince of Homburg, a haunted, impetuous young German general. During the 17th century, the Germans are at war with the Swedes. The Prince of Homburg is having trouble sleeping – lusting after his commander’s beautiful niece, and fretting the battlefield. In one crucial battle, the Prince leads his troops onto the battlefield before being ordered to do so. The Germans win the battle, but the Prince faces severe consequences. THE PRINCE OF HOMBURG is gorgeously shot in a candle-lit, painterly style, and features an evocative, murmuring score. It also features winning performances by di Stefano, Barbora Bobulova, Toni Bertorelli, and others. But the film’s crowning glory is the rich delicacy of playwright Heinrich von Kleist’s text, delivered here with tact, precision, and emotional force.
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