Everything you wanted to know about the Apocalypse, but did not dare to ask...

While we were preparing this edition, the world around us changed very fast. Coronavirus started to invade the planet, oil prices dropped, dollar rate went up... More and more, news remind us of the battlefield reports. Is the apocalypse really so close? What shall we expect? We decided to tell you how the end of the world was seen by the world leading cinema directors.
Melancholy
Directed by Lars von Trier, 2011

The mysterious planet Melancholy is approaching the Earth, and soon they will meet for a deadly space dance. How will the sisters Justine and Claire behave in the last days of the world? Danish film director Lars von Trier dedicated his film to the memory of Andrey Tarkovsky, and the quotes from the great Russian master's work are easy to identify. Is there any hope for a happy ending? No! The full-time world savior, Bruce Willis, does not appear in the credits.
Shining
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1980

Beginning writer Jack Torrens arrives at a mountain hotel together with his wife and his little son. Jack agrees to take care of the hotel during the winter. He dreams about writing his first novel, which would make him famous. Due to snowfall, Jack and his family are cut off from the world. It is not a problem: the refrigerator is full of food. However, the hotel built on an old Native American cemetery is not so simple. It has its own consciousness, and it needs Jack.
Vampire Ball
Directed by Roman Polanski, 1967

Professor Abronsius and his young assistant Alfred go to Transylvania to hunt for vampires. They put up at an inn in the snowy Carpathians. This area turns out to be a real vampire nest. The characters are "lucky" to take part in a monster ball. And if you think that they come out of it smelling of roses, you are very wrong.
Seventh Seal
Directed by Ingmar Bergman, 1957

In the middle of the 14th century, knight Antonius Block and his squire come back to their motherland Sweden after ten years of crusades. Europe is threatened by a plague epidemic that is going to kill two-thirds of its population. No one and nothing can be saved from the wrath of the Lord. But Block is not going to die. He believes that he has a chance to outsmart the fate if he plays a game of chess with Death itself. His own life is at stake. Do you know how to play chess? If not, it's time to at least learn how the pawn moves.
Apocalypse Now
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 1979

Apocalypse gets to the USA. It is the war in Vietnam. Captain Willard leaves for Cambodia to carry out a special mission. He must find and kill the insane Colonel Kurtz, who created his own cult in a remote area. Traveling along the river turns into a hell walk. These are the last days of the world contaminated by the madness of war. But was not this predicted by St. John in his Revelation?
Death In Venice
Directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971

In spring of 1911, composer Gustav von Aschenbach travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period of artistic and personal stress. However, there is an outbreak of a deadly infection, concealed by the authorities that do not want to scare away the tourists. Does not it remind you of coronavirus? But we got the warning 50 years ago!
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