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Paul Tomkowicz: Street-railway Switchman

Film Review by Dean Duncan Aug 26, 2014

With this film director Roman Kroitor set out to combine the sophisticated visual aesthetics of Carol Reed/Graham Greene’s The Third Man (1949; with the New Testament’s notion that if heaven marks even the sparrow’s fall, then the least of men is of incalculable worth. The result is not only one of the chilliest films in the world—we don’t want to be stereotypical or anything, but Winnipeg in the middle of the winter!—but one of the very greatest. Here are the Beatitudes, the parable of the Good Samaritan (dismissed outsider as moral exemplar) and Matthew 25: 31-40 ( all rolled up in one. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

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