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Haytabo

Haytabo (1971) Movie Poster
West Germany  •    •  75m  •    •  Directed by: Ulli Lommel, Peter Moland.  •  Starring: Eddie Constantine, Katrin Schaake, Uschi Obermaier, Rainer Langhans, Hannes Fuchs, Herbie Berger, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hannes Gromball, Sigi Graue, Peter Moland, Ulli Olvedi, Peter Gauhe, Ingrid Caven.  •  Music by: Holger Münzer.
      A biochemist discovers a manuscript from the 19th century which contains the formula for an immortality drug. But the document is incomplete and the scientists it unable to reconstruct the missing ingredients. An alien offers help and allows him and his girlfriend to journey into the past...

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Image from: Haytabo (1971)
Image from: Haytabo (1971)
Image from: Haytabo (1971)
Image from: Haytabo (1971)
Image from: Haytabo (1971)
Image from: Haytabo (1971)
I recently discovered this film at a Lommel retrospective in Munich, Germany, and was delighted! When you watch this film made in 1970, you must wonder whether Fassbinder imitated Lommel or vice versa. Maybe they both learned from each other. HAYTABO is very poetic and spiritual and the images are beautiful, with an incredible musical score. And French icon Eddie Constantine in the lead is a real treat. Shot mostly in Bavaria in the winter. it takes the viewer to breath taking locations. My favorite scene is when Eddie C. meets a teacher in the middle of nowhere and the guy starts conducting an invisible orchestra. Totally surreal and convincing at the same time. This is movie making the way it ought to be: Searching, risking, and finding treasures in the course of it. Real treasures. I couldn't stop thinking about this film for days. It even haunted me in my dreams, but in a pleasant way. Highly recommendable to everyone who wants to embark on a journey of discovery.

Review by normrinks from the Internet Movie Database.