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Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund (1987)

In Third Reich Germany five people meet in a small seaside town. A plot to save a statue, scheduled for destruction by the Nazis, becomes each one's singular way of saving their own soul.

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Peter Kremer ...
Gregor
Cornelia Schmaus ...
Judith
Gisela Stein ...
Judiths Mutter
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Heinrich Knudsen
Elisabeth Endriss ...
Bertha Knudsen
Peter Sodann ...
Pastor Helander
Frank Hessenland ...
Schiffsjunge bei Knudsen
Karin Gregorek ...
Mutter des Schiffsjungen
Rolf Ludwig ...
Gastwirt Paul
Siegfried Voß ...
Dr. Frerking
Frieder Venus ...
Sven
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Dr. Grote
Horst Eisele ...
Kröger
Dieter Perlwitz ...
Kapitän
Walter Lendrich ...
Küster
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In Third Reich Germany five people meet in a small seaside town. A plot to save a statue, scheduled for destruction by the Nazis, becomes each one's singular way of saving their own soul.

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TOO LONG AND SLOW
12 October 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Too long, slow, detached and very literary drama by Bernhard Wicki who calls himself a "Bildermacher" (image maker). That is just what the problem is with the film (and others by Wicki): he re-tells the script (and thereby the novel on which the script is based on) and is a good director of the cast, but he never makes a film that is more than that. It can not be coincidence that he mainly makes adaptations of novels; this film looks and feels like the book coming to life rather than a real cinematic treatment of the material.

As to the story: did it have to be this long? Would not it have been a greater challenge to the viewer to dispense with the ongoing introduction and start when the main characters first meet? Cast is fine, cinematography average. Certainly worth a look though.


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