arguably Borowczyk's finest film. Here the director's obsessions are composed in a rigid, formal narrative, rather than being littered across a confused jumble of dramatic situations. Totally wonderful, beautiful, crazy, stunning, original, erotic, cruel, funny, absurd. However....Nouveaux Pictures have released the film in an unforgivable state. Not only is the print of terrible quality, crucial COLOUR sequences in the film are presented in black and white along with the rest of the film. Now, Goto might not be the most obvious film in world cinema, but surely nobody would dare release a Tarkovsky film with no colour sequences? why should the case be any different for this film? Much better materials for this film are in existence (Nouveaux must be well aware of this) - Rather than subtitle an existing 1.66:1 master with the colour sequences, Nouveaux have decided to simply use a substandard cropped, subtitled master which seems to be the same one prepared for Australian TV. I'd be very interested to know how much it costs for a film to be subtitled as Nouveaux obviously think that it is not worth spending on a film which they themselves describe as being made by a "brilliant director". daniel bird
Not for top-25 freaks as this requires creative imagination. An ironic humour hangs over the unrolling of the action in this film. Borowczyk particularly exploits personal spaces and spaces generally between people, sometimes exploring vertical space as in the guillotine scene. Unfortunately, like Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad, it will appeal only to viewers in tune with this type of film. Those who require to have everything explained or be told a linear story may find the "plot" difficult, especially the ending. The photography and direction is superb. A fitting follow-up to Blanche.
Kafkaesque rituals of totalitarianism are played out on a squalid island, isolated from the rest of the world after some dimly remembered catastrophe decades earlier. Polish director Borowczyk made his name with short animation films. Goto was his first feature, made in France, in May 68 appropriately enough. Apparently it was filmed in a rundown disused factory. Goto is one of those rare films that creates its own complete unique world, rather like Herzog's Even Dwarfs Started Small and David Lynch's Eraserhead (and it has the same nightmarish quality as those films). It probably belongs to the central European tradition of absurdist allegory and is, no doubt, at one level a satire on life in the Eastern Bloc. But Borowczyk seems less interested in politics than in pursuing his trademark quirky surrealism and erotic fetishism. Having said that, Goto is rather different to the glossy erotic movies that Borowczyk made in the 70s, but it does show his idiosyncratic sensibility and cinematic style to good effect. A welcome release on DVD & as an extra there is a quite interesting interview with some Borowczyk's assistants on the movie.
On an isolated island cut off from the rest of the world and suffering from a loss of 99% of it's population after an earthquake in the late 19th century most of the population live in a crumbling fortress where eating apples is outlawed, convicted criminals fight to the death with bags over their heads, the role of Royal Boot Polisher and fly catcher is sought after and one man plans his rise to the top.
Borowczyk's first full length live action film is a surreal and hilarious fever dream full of foot fetishism, decay and flashes of beautiful colour photography.