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“ Nightmare Alley ” was released in German cinemas on January 20, 2022 . Now, less than two full months later, he’s already subscribed to Disney+ . If you like dark psychological thrillers, you should take this chance. Guillermo del Toro ‘s latest work is not only nominated for four Oscars (including Best Picture), but is also one of my personal highlights of the past few months.
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This is Nightmare Alley
«Nightmare Alley» is based on the novel of the same name, the first film adaptation of which in 1947 is known in this country as » The Charlatan «. The story is about a talented homeless man who joins a traveling circus and learns the tricks of the alleged psychics in order to make a career for himself. I don’t want to reveal more, because for me a great attraction of the cinematic pleasure was not knowing in which direction the plot develops.
The dark thriller initially grabbed me less through the plot than through its numerous interesting characters who populate the traveling circus. Together with the protagonist Stan Carlisle ( Bradley Cooper ), we get to know all the sometimes more, sometimes less grotesque showmen.
There are, for example, the psychic couple Zeena ( Toni Collette ) and Pete ( David Strathairn ), the muscle man Bruno ( Ron Perlman ) and his constant companion, the short Major ( Mark Povinelli ). Also, young Molly ( Rooney Mara ) who Stan has a crush on. Circus leader Clem ( Willem Dafoe ), on the other hand, has all the makings of a supervillain: the businessman forces homeless people to perform humiliating acts and uses a preserved, terminal baby fetus as a decorative object!
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