Tag Archives: German

WESTERN: alienated man goes native

In the evocative and thought-provoking German drama Western, a crew of German hardhats sets up a construction camp on a remote Bulgarian mountainside to build a water power plant.  They aren’t cultural tourists and certainly not diplomats, and they see … Continue reading

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Cinequest: ALOYS

The title character of the Swiss drama Aloys is a solitary and harshly anti-social guy who repulses all gestures of human kindness and interest by others.  He is a private detective who specializes in documenting infidelity through undercover surveillance.  Using … Continue reading

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TONI ERDMANN: father and daughter, laugh and marvel

Toni Erdmann is a MUST SEE. You might not expect an almost three-hour German comedy to break through, but I’ve seen it, and I think that it should win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture.  Writer-director Maren Ade gives … Continue reading

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TONI ERDMANN: Must See at MVFF

One MUST SEE at the Mill Valley Film Festival is Toni Erdmann, from writer-director Maren Ade. You might not expect an almost three-hour German comedy to break through, but I’ve seen it, and I think that it’s a lock to … Continue reading

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Peter van Eyck: the Nazi who wasn’t

During World War II, Hollywood looked for cruel-visaged actors to play Nazi characters that were cruel-looking and who could accomplish evil with chilling efficiency.  With his Aryan poster boy looks and German accent, Peter van Eyck became Hollywood’s favorite on-screen … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: VICTORIA – a thrill ride filmed in one shot

Victoria is worth watching as a thriller, but it has become notorious for a pretty important aspect of its filmmaking – the entire movie was filmed in a SINGLE SHOT.  Its tagline is One girl. One city. One night. One … Continue reading

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Stream of the week: PHOENIX – riveting psychodrama, wowzer ending

In the German psychological drama Phoenix, Nina Hoss plays Nelly, an Auschwitz survivor whose face has been destroyed by a Nazi gunshot; her sister has arranged for plastic surgery to reconstruct her face. When Nelly gets her new face, we … Continue reading

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PHOENIX: riveting psychodrama, wowzer ending

In the German psychological drama Phoenix, Nina Hoss plays Nelly, an Auschwitz survivor whose face has been destroyed by a Nazi gunshot; her sister has arranged for plastic surgery to reconstruct her face.  When Nelly gets her new face, we … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: A COFFEE IN BERLIN – slacker minus coffee equals plenty of laughs

Ranging from wry to hilarious, the German dark comedy A Coffee in Berlin hits every note perfectly. It’s the debut feature for writer-director Jan Ole Gerster, a talented filmmaker we’ll be hearing from again. We see a slacker moving from … Continue reading

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A Coffee in Berlin: slacker minus coffee equals plenty of laughs

Ranging from wry to hilarious, the German dark comedy A Coffee in Berlin hits every note perfectly.  Opening tomorrow, it’s the debut feature for writer-director Jan Ole Gerster, a talented filmmaker we’ll be hearing from again. We see a slacker … Continue reading

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