Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »
A "Romeo and Juliet" story that takes place in the late 16c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable farm life after years of adventures and swashbuckling with his cossack companions. ... See full summary »
J. Lee Thompson
This is a story of human struggle for eternal happiness. Teta Linek, a cook at a noble Austrian family Argan, thinks primarily of ways to achieve heavens in the afterlife. In the hope of ... See full summary »
Haymo, the huntsman of a Bavarian monastery, falls in love with Gittli and convinces the provost to make his steward consider a delay on her brother Wolrath's feudal due arrears. Because ... See full summary »
In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Elements of a film noir seem to have found their way into this melodrama. Not every element though, unless I managed to miss the presence of a femme fatale. The only girl that could pass for a femme fatale is the sweet-looking ballerina who puts a needle in Angelika's shoe. The nicest ode to the film noir genre is in a scene where naive officers try to find out who the counterfeiters are: they ask the girl at a box office who gave her the money and she gives them a weird look: "Do you know how many 20 Mark notes we get on a day?" The film playing at that theatre is Jacques Tourneur's classic film noir "Out of the Past".
It's easy to summarize "Der Schweigende Engel": a talented young girl has a nasty accident which makes her lose her voice, her brother's in a bit of trouble, counterfeiters blackmail her (if you don't distribute the dirty money, we will do something to your brother), she's so talented some ballerinas are jealous. And yes, this is the sort of melodrama where you can guess the ending a long time before the movie is over, but that doesn't matter: soak yourself in the many emotions and enjoy the several nods to the film noir. The predictable ending is even worse than you could have expected (we could have done without that monologue!), but there is so much you can enjoy before the ending it would be a shame you would miss the entire film for that.
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