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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
147 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/27/06
performer:
Dustin Hoffman, Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman
director:
Tom Tykwer
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Caroline Thompson, Tom Tykwer
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Lavish, gothic, and perverse, this 18th-century crime story centers on a catlike peasant who kills women in order to bottle their scent. Director Tom Tykwer’s dark, gorgeous atmospherics — he cleverly manifests odor via nostril close-ups and voluptuous music — make up for the bewigged blustering of hammy supporting players Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman. But the EXTRAS, only a toothless 13-minute making-of, stink. The bonkers finale of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer — a mass orgy requiring 750 extras and five days to shoot — is addressed for a mere 20 seconds. B-