World of Glory

1991 [SWEDISH]

Comedy / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.5/10 10 2814 2.8K

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12 hr 16 min
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Reviewed by framptonhollis 9 / 10

wonderfully pitch-black comedy short

This brief black comedy is among the darkest and dreariest films I have ever seen in any genre. Despite making me laugh throughout, this film is extremely tragic in its own bizarre way. It has an awfully dry and deadpan sense of humor that has an uncomfortable, awkward vibe to it. At times you might want to squirm in your seat.

This film is mainly made up of a middle aged man doing and speaking of the mundane tasks in his life in a monotone voice. this may not sound like a very exciting or even interesting film at first, but it is so cleverly and well made, written, and scored that it manages to be among the most fascinating short films I have ever seen, and I recommend it with enthusiasm to all fans of art-house cinema, as well as extremely dark (but also extremely funny) humor.

Reviewed by runamokprods 9 / 10

An ironic title if ever there was one

This deeply effective and chilling short piece, shows the emotional toll of complacency in a world where genocide and inhumanity exists all around us.

From the opening scene;, the gassing of a bunch of naked people in the back of a van by bland bureaucrats in what is obviously not Nazi Germany, but somewhere in modern Europe, Andersson is unafraid to challenge our idea that it couldn't happen again. And we don't all carry the seeds of inhumanity within us. And that, by living in that kind of a world, we are eventually torn up inside.

We follow a cadaverous man, who has witnessed this horror at the opening of the film as he slowly breaks apart.

And yet, this is not really a drama, it's more a super-black comedy. Indeed, this short embodies the best description I have read about Andersson – "Monty Python meets Ingmar Bergman".

But that doesn't do justice to the fact that the man has created a new and unique film language, and (as the behind the scenes pieces on his new "5 X Anderson:" set DVD shows) Andersson works with a perfectionism that is almost hard to believe to get exactly the right feel, lighting, acting and tone for each of his 1 take long static scenes in 1 shot.

BTW - I highly recommend the set for any admirers of Anderson's work. Seeing his student shorts as well as his two 'professional' shorts, this and "Something Has Happened", along with an entire disc of his working methods, and thinking behind his images, is really quite a treasure.

Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 6 / 10

Some good moments

"Härlig är jorden" or "World of Glory" is an almost 25-year-old Swedish short film written and directed by Roy Andersson, who won the Golden Lion in Venice for one of his more recent works. The title is obviously meant in a very ironic manner, since this film is as bleak as it gets. We see a man look at the camera and tell us about his life, his work, his family and some other things in the most monotone manner. And yet, Andersson did not only succeed in making this somewhat atmospheric, but also included nice emotion in here. I enjoyed this 16-minute watch and it's obvious he has his very own style. i cannot say if he uses a similar approach in his other works, especially feature films, but this one here made me a bit curious about what else he has done, especially as it has been such a long time since this one here was made. All in all, a good watch, not outstanding, but certainly worth it.

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