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The Gospel According to Harry

Biblical imagery dominates this 1992 feature by Polish surrealist Lech Majewski (Garden of Earthly Delights), but the solemnity is balanced by daffy non sequiturs reminiscent of Burns and Allen, whose 50s TV sitcom the director lovingly references. Jennifer Rubin and Viggo Mortensen play an unhappily married couple whose low-rent apartment, like all the film's other settings, consists of furniture in the middle of the desert. Their personal problems are augmented by a visiting IRS auditor with a Geiger counter, a U.S. president whose press conference is disrupted by a Molotov cocktail, and a gaggle of reporters trailing Elizabeth Taylor across the white sands. Majewski was bankrolled partly by David Lynch, which may explain the movie's goofy tone; in retrospect it may seem like a heavy-handed critique of American arrogance and ennui, but in the moment it's pretty amusing. 88 min.

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