The Legend of the Holy Drinker (film)

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La leggenda del santo bevitore
The Legend of the Holy Drinker (film).JPG
Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed byErmanno Olmi
Written byErmanno Olmi
Tullio Kezich
StarringRutger Hauer
Music byJosé Padilla Sánchez
Ilter Pelosi
Igor Stravinsky
CinematographyDante Spinotti
Edited byPaolo Cottignola
Ermanno Olmi
Fabio Olmi
Release date
  • 2 September 1988 (1988-09-02)
Running time
127 minutes

The Legend of the Holy Drinker (Italian: La leggenda del santo bevitore) is a 1988 Italian film written and directed by Ermanno Olmi.

The film won the Golden Lion at the 45th Venice Film Festival.[1] It also won four David di Donatello Awards (for best film, best director, Best cinematography and best editing) and two Silver Ribbons (for best director and best screenplay).[1] The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 61st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]

It is based on the 1939 novella by the Austrian novelist Joseph Roth.[3]


A drunken homeless man (Rutger Hauer) in Paris is lent 200 francs by a stranger as long as he promises to repay it to a local church when he can afford to; the film depicts the man's constant frustrations as he attempts to do so.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 2000. ISBN 8877424230.

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