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Why, why, why did they do it?
jandewitt from Hannover
19 July 2004
Remakes, they say, are seldom better than the original.
After years of prosperity German cinema went into sharp decline during
the end of the 50's. The audience finally was fed up with the low
calories diet of mindless Heimatfilmen, shrill, exploitive melodramas,
teary Maria Schell weepies and ultra-brutal World War II sagas. The
number of TV sets nearly doubled each year and as they did in the USA
some years earlier bedazzled German producers tried their luck with
costly remakes to lure the paying costumers back.
Someone finally got the suicidal idea to produce an updated version of
the all-time classic 'Grand Hotel' (aka 'Menschen I'm Hotel'). They
crammed together some of Germany's top stars: O.W. Fischer, though on
the decline after some huge flops in a row, Heinz Ruehmann and Sonja
Ziemann, whose last few films bombed at the box-office, after she tried
a more mature image.
The casting ranged from bizarre (O.W. Fischer is AWFUL and over the
top, he makes John Barrymore look like a stiff zombie) to downright
foolish (sweet and homegrown Sonja Ziemann as a slightly amoral
secretary - never mind about miscasting, boys).
The overall result was so bad and wretched, it ended the career of most
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