New York: Frank S. Holby, For educational use only. This language is, perhaps, nearer akin to the Sanskrit than to High Lithuanian.

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One of the most famous Polish horror films ever, LOKIS is a well made though somewhat monotonous work of atmospheric horror. This Polish film version, directed by animator turned director Janusz Majewski, follows the story fairly closely.

It remains one of the best known genre films of Eastern Europe not exactly a region noted for its horror cinema , even if it is little known in the US. He beds down for the night in a creepy old manor whose walls are decorated with monstrous pictures. He also spots a man crouched in the upper branches of a nearby tree—a man who happens to look just like Count Szemioth, the nobleman who invited him to the mansion! A bit later the pastor is introduced to Dr.

Froeber, who fills him in on the tragic history of the mansion. The madwoman Wittembach saw earlier is the mother of his host; years earlier she was carried off by a bear and apparently went mad after her son was born nine months later, believing him to be part bear. The following morning Wittembach and the Count go for a walk in the surrounding woods, where the Count speaks of a legend concerning animals who congregate in packs.

An old woman irritates them and the Count nearly shoots her. The count, however, appears disturbed by it, especially when the woman speaks of a bear. Further odd behavior occurs later that night, when the pastor is awakened by the Count screaming in his sleep, and the Count screaming in his sleep, and the following day, when the Count is seen standing on the edge of a high precipice, seemingly about to leap to his death. Shortly thereafter the wedding between the Count and Iwinska occurs, an extremely lavish affair.

Things come to a head the following night, when the wedding guests, who include Wittembach and Dr. The opening credits sequence, played over a close up of eyeglasses in front of a train window, offers an intimation of the strange and disquieting events to come.

The visuals are pointed and concise, with an impressively muted, burnished glow courtesy of cinematographer Stefan Matyjaskiewicz. The accent is on atmosphere rather than incident, with an overpowering sense of brooding mystery that builds to a reasonably chilling climax. The film is very old school, in short, which is a large part of its charm.

A good looking, impressively mounted production this is, but viewing it requires a lot of patience! Vital Statistics.


Lokis. Rękopis profesora Wittembacha (nowela)

Kirsten A. He also places an emphasis on the transition from spoken tongues to literary languages. It is argued that all of these topics refl ect major themes in "Lokis. Just as the Indo-European languages descend from a common ancestor, so do man and beast. This statement offers a clue to the meaning of "Lokis": different words can designate the same beast.


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