wisdom of crocodiles
AKA: Die Weisheit der Krokodile
1998, color, 98 Min.
David Lascelles, Carolyn Choa
Lunn, Orlando Gough
Grlscz (that's really his name!) is a great-looking young medical
researcher living in todays London. As polite and educated as he
might be, the Yuppie appears somehow strange, which might be due
to his dark secret: he is a vampire. But not a vampire of the Dracula
kind. Crucifixes, garlic or daylight cannot do him any harm, but
on the other hand he does need blood to survive. And to make his
life still more difficult it needs to be the blood of women who
love him. The more, the better, as Steven extracts the feelings
from this special liquid. Without them he would be condemned to
die. The tragic thing is, that he has to kill his victims.
unexplainable cases of death in his surroundings start to accumulate
Steven catches the attention of inspector Healey who is extremely
suspicious but on the other hand totally fascinated by this strange
young man, which leads to quite top-heavy philosophical dialogues
between the two of them.
"crocodile" Steven (the title is derived from a quotation
of the great philosopher Francis Bacon saying that crocodiles cry
for their victims before devouring them), meets the constructional
engineer Anna Levels, who is of equal birth concerning strength
and willpower (and beauty). And he really deeply loves her. One
of them will have to kill the other to survive...
this case we really do not want to tell you the end, as we would
like to strongly recommend you watching this not quite well-known
movie which is indeed one of the most interesting adaptations of
the vampire theme of the past years.
his 15th movie director Po-Chih-Leong, who is known as one of the
initiators of the modern Hong Kong movie, used the stylistic means
of European intellectual cinema in a fantastic way. The movie is
fit out overwhelmingly and put forward esthetically. The pictures
are brilliant and not coined by the typical dark gothic optic. The
leads, Jude Law and Elina Löwenson, who could be seen some
years earlier as vampire herself in Almereydas "Nadja"
as tragic couple are fantastic. Above all the movie is one thing,
which is beautiful to see.
who are now reminded of Tony Scott's "The
Hunger" from 1982 are not that wrong. Here tragic big-city
vampires and the theme real love are also the most important aspects,
but here it's rather the pictures than the story that stay in your
"the Wisdom of Crocodiles" has some tedious passages in
its middle part: the already above mentioned philosophical dialogues
and a completely senseless appearance of a brainless street gang
the vampire is allowed to butcher and which was probably meant to
bring some speed into the story. But nevertheless, "the Wisdom
of crocodiles" is a modern, fascinating and above all beautiful
vampire movie - with some minor flaws, but without clichés
and with great actors. Watch it!