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It’s bewitched: Whenever it looks like «Pan’s Labyrinth» director Guillermo del Toro has finally found the connection to the mass audience, there is a setback. His horror fairy tale “ Shape of Water ” was not only celebrated by the press and awarded the Oscar for Best Picture, but also took in about ten times its budget at the box office. One would think that his next directorial work would certainly be similarly successful. But unfortunately it turned out differently…
The star-studded neo-noir thriller » Nightmare Alley » deservedly received four Oscar nominations (for best film, cinematography, costumes and set design), and the reviews were mostly positive to very positive. But the film crashed at the box office. After its release on Disney+ , «Nightmare Alley» is now also available on DVD and Blu-ray — so interested film fans really have no reason to finally catch up on this atmospheric story about lies, deceit and seduction:
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The film is not only worthwhile because of its strong visuals, but also because of its cast: in addition to Cate Blanchett and «Hangover» actor Bradley Cooper , who delivers one of the most gripping performances of his career in «Nightmare Alley», Toni also plays, among others Collette , Willem Dafoe , Rooney Mara and Hellboy star Ron Perlman .
This is Nightmare Alley
The mysterious Stanton «Stan» Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) drags himself from a burning house to the carnival of dubious showman Clement «Clem» Hoately (Willem Dafoe). There, the adaptable rascal succeeds in rapid advancement: the helping hand soon becomes the apprentice of a mentalist couple (Toni Collette & David Strathairn ). When Stan realizes he’s got the skills as a performer, he leaves the carnival with his lover Molly (Rooney Mara) to go to the big city as a mentalist to entertain a well-heeled crowd. There he arouses the curiosity of the inscrutable psychiatrist Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett). But will she inspire him or will she bring him down…?
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