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3 items from 2012

Barbara Movie Review

5 December 2012 1:18 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Barbara Adopt Films Director: Christian Petzold. Screenwriter: Christian Petzold. Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Mark Waschke, Claudia Geisler, Peter Weiss, Carolin Haupt. Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 12/4/12 Opens: December 21, 2012 Before Mr. Gorbachev tore down that wall, tens of thousands of residents in East Germany remained frustrated that they could not escape from Communist oppression. Escape? For the most part, they could not even leave for a vacation, do some traveling abroad, and they certainly could not go to the Western zone of their own country. Traffic between Communist states and democratic nations was always one way, but in East  [ Read More ]

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Film Review: 'Barbara'

26 September 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ From acclaimed German director Christian Petzold comes Barbara (2012), a taut, brooding and intelligent drama set behind the Berlin wall, in the rural provinces of Eastern Germany. When our titular protagonist (Nina Hoss), a doctor working in Berlin, applies to immigrate to the West, she finds herself banished to a small rural hospital. Despite finding herself under constant surveillance from the Stasi, she still manages to smuggle in western luxuries thanks to her boyfriend, Jorg (Mark Waschke), who's also quietly planning her escape.

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Berlinale 2012. Christian Petzold's "Barbara"

13 February 2012 11:34 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Of all directors working in Germany today, Christian Petzold has the surest hand and, while, after just one viewing, it's too early to stake a claim for Barbara as his best film yet, it is, in many ways, a culmination of his stylistic progression towards a classic yet vividly contemporary cinematic language. Referencing influences in interviews — like many directors who can afford the time, Petzold likes to screen films for his cast in the weeks of rehearsal before shooting begins — he's been citing quite a few of late from both Golden Age and New Hollywood. The ghost of Marnie moves through Yella (2007) in the way a camera follows a woman up a set of stairs. Jerichow (2008) transposes The Postman Always Rings Twice from the oppressive shadows of film noir to a sun-drenched summer in present-day Germany. Of the three films that comprise Dreileben (2011), Petzold's Beats Being Dead is the one »

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