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CLEVER AND INTERESTING
jan onderwater from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
24 September 1999
In 1953 Wolfgang Koeppen wrote a novel about a fictive member of the then
young German parliament who resisted the Adenauer politics concerning the
rearmament and the East-West policy, and the political corruption already
present in the young democracy. It became a hit and a classic.
This clever retelling of the novel is done as documentary annex feature film
and contains an interview with the writer and historic newsreel footage to
enhance the story; moreover, in trying to do more than retelling the story
the film maker links the original story up with (late 1980's) political
events, trying to show that not much has changed over the years. The whole
endeavour is interesting viewing, very literary (part of the story is told
by a voice-over), though not easy to get involved with and certainly not for
every taste; the link up with the 1980's is not very convincing and maybe
too simple. The film is quiet, sympathetic, but should have been less
cerebral. Some of the acting is no more than average.
For a big part the film's atmosphere depends on the very good use of Richard
Wagner's music from "Das Rheingold".
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