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|HEART OF DARKNESS (TV) (director: Nicolas Roeg; screenwriters: novel by Joseph Conrad/Benedict Fitzgerald; cinematographer: Anthony B. Richmond; editor: Louise Rubacky; music: Stanley Myers; cast: Tim Roth (Marlow), John Malkovich (Kurtz), James Fox (Gosse), Isaach De Bankolé (Mfumu), Morten Faldaas (Harlequin), Patrick Ryecart (De Griffe); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Luc Roeg/Rick Rosenberg/Bob Christiansen; Turner Home Video; 1993)|
a faithful and respectable version of Conrad's great
classic, but not
one that's memorable or exciting."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Eccentric Brit director Nicolas Roeg
29"/"Two Deaths") adapts Joseph Conrad's
about a young British colonialist in Africa who
journeys up the Congo
River, where he finds a civilized man who has
uncontrollable greed, debauchery and megalomania.
teleplay is Benedict
Fitzgerald's fault, the lethargic pace is Roeg's
is employed by a British trading company to go on a
secret mission to
(John Malkovich), who works for the company
as a manager
running a successful remote outpost in the Belgian
subbing for the Congo) and supplying them with ivory
by exploiting the
natives in trade. Kurtz has disappeared without a word
and the company
wants answers why they are no longer securing the
Marlow goes up the river accompanied by
guide Mfumu (Isaach
eventually find that Kurtz has gone native and has
become worshiped as
a god and is also greatly feared for the punishments
he hands out to
the natives who break his rules. Kurtz has turned into
a monster driven
to madness by disease and his hunger for power.
It's a faithful and
respectable version of Conrad's great classic, but not
memorable or exciting.
REVIEWED ON 2/24/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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