Gates to Paradise (1968)

Director
Andrzej Wajda

Main cast
Lionel Stander; Ferdy Mayne; Pauline Challoner; Mathieu Carrière; Jenny Agutter

Genres
Drama

Description
Directed by Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda, the obscure gem unfolds as a sort of 13th century Road Trip, with youthful hormones and selfish impatience trumping nearly all of the (supposedly) pious preoccupations of their handsome leader Jacques (blonde heartthrob John Fordyce, constantly and comically running his fingers through his Beatlesque moptop).


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