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My Best Enemy

11 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Chicago International Film Festival 2011

My Best Enemy

Directed by: Wolfgang Murnberger

Cast: Moritz Bleibtreau, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss

Running Time: 1 hr 49 mins

Rating: Nr

Release Date: Tbd

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Plot: During World War II, Victor (Bleibtreau) is Jewish, and Rudi (Friedrich) becomes a Nazi. When Rudi’s eventual Nazi superiors discover that Victor and his family are in the possession of something that would make a great uniting gift from Germany to Italy’s Mussolini, they try to persuade Victor to give up the whereabouts of the painting.

Who’S It For? If you liked the backstabbing energy of The Ides of March, this wouldn’t be a bad choice. If you like tightly written stories of deception, with a friendship in the middle, you’ll likely enjoy My Best Enemy.


My Best Enemy takes a while to get its story started, »

- Nick Allen

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DVD Review - My Best Enemy (2011)

18 August 2011 11:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

My Best Enemy (German: Mein bester Feind), 2011.

Directed by Wolfgang Murnberger.

Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss, Marthe Keller and Udo Samel.


In Austria during World War Two, the son of an Jewish art gallery owner is shocked to find that the family friend has been working as a Nazi officer. After both surviving a transport plane crash, they are forced to swap uniforms to survive.

Role reversal in comedy is a fine technique. If done right, not only does it exaggerate the contrasting differences between the two people involved, it can also subtly hint at some surprising similarities. So when you sit down to watch a black comedy about a Jewish prisoner swapping their outfit with that of a Nazi officer, you start to wonder whether any similarities between the two can occur. In this case, it was all used for comic affect, despite being based in a dark time. »

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Michael (2011) Teaser Trailer: Markus Schleinzer, Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger

15 July 2011 3:09 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Michael Teaser Trailer has premiered. Markus Schleinzer‘s Michael (2011) teaser trailer stars Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Gisella Salcher, Ursula Strauss, and Victor Tremmel. Michael‘s plot synopsis: “the story of an insurance company employee who shares his life, forcibly, with a 10 year old boy [locked in his basement].”

Sexual predators are students of the world in which they inhabit. That sound proofing and the locks are very telling. When I see this “cold, remote and straightforward approach”, I think of One Hour Photo. I am looking forward to seeing where the kidnapper abducted Michael from and what mind set you have to possess to keep someone prisoner like that. In The Disappearance of Alice Creed it was for money, here its just sexual.

More about the film (some spoilers):

“Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic, »

- filmbook

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Netflix Nuggets: Russians Filming G.I. Joe Dolls Fighting Hercules for the Serpent’s Egg

19 April 2011 6:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases…

Promised Lands (1974)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Documentary

Director: Susan Sontag

Synopsis: Set in Israel during the final days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this powerful documentary — initially barred by Israel authorities — from writer-director Susan Sontag examines divergent perceptions of the enduring Arab-Israeli clash. Weighing in on matters related to socialism, anti-Semitism, nation sovereignty and American materialism are The Last Jew writer Yoram Kaniuk and military physicist Yuval Ne’eman.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles

Synopsis: Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent »

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