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A cerebral film based on a memoir by Hitler's private secretary lifts the lid on Feathers McGraw's role in the Führer's overthrow
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: A–
On 20 April 1945, as the second world war drew to its conclusion, Soviet forces began to shell the centre of Berlin.
The film is bookended by documentary footage of the splendidly named Traudl Humps, Adolf Hitler's private secretary from 1942-45. In 1947, she wrote a memoir. It was published in 2002 under her less thrilling married name, Traudl Junge. The film draws extensively on the book, especially for the relationship between Hitler (Bruno Ganz, in the performance of a lifetime) and his girlfriend, Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler). Junge paints Eva as a needy, delusional figure – dancing around her old living room "in a desperate frenzy, like a woman who has already felt the faint breath of death". Another eyewitness, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
In competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, French director Arnaud des Pallières' Michael Kohlhaas is a 16th century revenge drama featuring a strong European cast including the likes of Bruno Ganz (Downfall) and Denis Lavant - star of Leos Carax's refreshingly bonkers 2012 Palme d'Or contender Holy Motors. However, it's Danish man of the moment Mads Mikkelsen who will no doubt be the main attraction here. Last seen at Cannes with Thomas Vintenberg's Jagten (The Hunt, 2012) and currently starring in the NBC TV drama Hannibal as everyone's favourite cannibal, Doctor Lecter, Mikkelsen has repeatedly proved himself both a versatile actor and a powerful screen presence.
The aforementioned Mikkelsen plays the title role of horse-dealer Kohlhaas who, when wronged by a local lord, raises an army and seeks his revenge, spreading violence and fire across the land. The film is part-scripted and directed by Frenchman des Pallières, »
- CineVue UK
The pic, which takes place on the day Paris was liberated by the Allies, depicts the tense confrontation between the Swedish ambassador and the German military governor of Paris, Dietrich von Choltitz. The latter was ordered by Adolf Hitler to blow up the city, but he chose to ignore the Fuhrer’s command.
“Diplomacy” is produced by Marc de Bayser and Frank de Bayser at Gaul’s Film Oblige and co-produced by Germany’s Blueprint Film.
Gaumont has nabbed French distribution and international sales rights and will start pre-sales at Cannes.
Yohann Comte, »
- Elsa Keslassy
They see everything and say nothing, inhabiting a half-way world full of contradictions. But what are the five best films about live-in domestics?
This week's Clip joint is by Claire Adas, an independent film-maker and freelance writer based in Lambertville, NJ. Claire writes about film, food and life at her blog Out of the Ordinary. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They might live in your home, but they're not part of the family. They know more about you than any of your acquaintances, but you wouldn't call them friends. They care for your most treasured possessions, or they care for your greatest treasure of all – your children – but they're not accorded the admiration of a person who owns fine things, or the respect of a parent. Such is the strange existence of live-in domestics, men and »
- Guardian readers
Showtime's drama pilot The Vatican couldn't be more timely. The contemporary thriller, which is set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church, comes amid the real-life drama inside the Vatican, which was recently in the global spotlight after Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly resigned and a new pope, Francis, was elected. Story: Showtime's 'The Vatican' Casts Its Pope: 'Downfall's' Hitler Starring in the pilot are Friday Night Lights alum Kyle Chandler, who plays a charismatic archbishop of New York; Bruno Ganz as Pope Sixtus VI (who, like Benedict, is German); Anna Friel as Duffy's sister; Sebastian Koch as the Vatican's
- Kimberly Nordyke
From Hitler to Pope! Downfall star Bruno Ganz is set to play Pope Sixtus VI in Showtime’s upcoming drama pilot The Vatican! Ganz will join previously announced Anna Friel and Kyle Chandler who are already set to star in this contemporary thriller which comes from Ridley Scott. It’s Scott’s first television pilot, so we’re definitely ready to give them a try… At this moment we know that Ridley Scott will direct the pilot from a script written by Paul Attanasio, which is set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. In other words, the show is described as a contemporart thriller that will... Related posts: Ridley Scott will direct ‘Kind One’ Ridley Scott about his new sci-fi movie Ridley Scott To Direct “The Forever War” Ridley Scott Goes Biblical with Moses? Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian Teaming Up for The Day Britain Stopped »
Showtime has officially upstaged the Catholic church's new pope reveal, casting Downfall actor Bruno Ganz as the pilot's Pope Sixtus VI. Ganz is known to you and yours as Downfall's Hitler — or, if you've not seen the film, YouTube's Hitler, the one who's always reacting to things with varying degrees of hilarity. Ganz joins Kyle Chandler, Anna Friel, and Matthew Goode; Ridley Scott will direct. The countdown to the "Hitler Reacts to Being Cast as the Pope" parody video begins now. »
- Zach Dionne
From my Irish heart to you, Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Out boxer Orlando Cruz has won his second fight since coming out, defeating Aaron Martinez in a 6th round technical knockout. Cruz wore his trademark boxing kilt, made of two flags, the Puerto Rican flag on one side, and a Pride flag on the other.
Oz the Great and Powerful is cruising to another box office win with $42 million, followed by Halle Berry's The Call at $17 million, with Burt Wonderstone coming in a disappointing third with $11 million.
London, Mar 16: Swiss actor Bruno Ganz- who received worldwide praise for his chilling portrayal of Hitler in 2004 film 'Downfall' - has been roped in to portray Pope in a Ridley Scott-directed television drama.
The 71-year-old star will play the fictional Pope Sixtus VI in 'The Vatican,' a show for the American Showtime network, Sky News reported.
A pilot episode is currently in production and if it proves successful a full series will be made.
Showtime said that Ganz's character will be of German ancestry.
The Us network said that the character is an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who. »
- Diksha Singh
After weeks of speculation about who would lead a worldwide community of more than 1 billion faithful, fictitious Catholics, Showtime has announced that Bruno Ganz will step into the red shoes as Pope Sixtus VI in the pilot for its new drama, The Vatican. While Ganz has never played the pope, he did portray Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in a 2005 TV movie about Pope John Paul II, so he must at least be decent at pretending to know how to speak Latin. Ganz also played Hitler in the 2004 film Downfall, which hopefully (for the real Catholic Church’s sake »
Ganz has joined the cast of Showtime's pilot "The Vatican," a drama pilot starring Kyle Chandler as the archbishop of New York and focusing on the politics in the upper reaches of the Catholic Church. Ganz plays the fictional Pope Sixtus VI in the pilot, a pontiff who is worried about how his legacy will be portrayed.
The cast also includes Anna Friel ("Pushing Daisies") as Chandler's sister, Matthew Goode ("Watchmen") as the papal secretary, Sebastian Koch as a cardinal and Ewen Bremner as a priest who investigates claims of miracles.
We've seen Hitler react badly to a lot of things on the Internet, but he'll probably be happy about this: Bruno Ganz, star of the movie "Downfall" and one of the most popular online memes, has been cast as Pope Sixtus VI in Showtime's new pilot "The Vatican." Ganz played Hitler in 2004's "Downfall," one scene of which has been endlessly repurposed to show Hitler flipping out over all kinds of news. You've seen this, right? If not, here's Hitler offering some very specific complaints abut SimCity: That's acting, folks. Ganz will presumably »
- Tim Molloy
After a week that saw the appointment of Pope Francis, Showtime’s The Vatican has appointed a new Pope of its own.
Bruno Ganz (Downfall) has been cast in the drama pilot as Pope Sixtus, described as “an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy.”
As previously reported, the pilot will also mark the first television project from Ridley Scott, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
He played a fallen Angel in Wim Wenders’ Wings Of Desire and now Bruno Ganz will play the Pope in Showtime’s drama pilot The Vatican. The Swiss-born actor, who also played Adolf Hitler in 2004′s Downfall, will take on the Holy garments as the soft-spoken, fictional Sixtus VI in the pilot, from Paul Attanasio and Ridley Scott. Ganz takes on his Papal role just two days after the real new Pope Francis I was elected and joins Pushing Daisies‘ Anna Friel and Kyle Chandler in the thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. Chandler plays the progressive New York Cardinal Thomas Duffy, and Friel plays his very secular, hard-living younger sister. Matthew Goode as Papal Secretary Bernd Koch and Sebastian Koch as Cardinal Marco Malerba also star in the drama, which begins production in April. Sony Pictures TV is producing with Scott Free and Showtime. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Showtime's The Vatican pilot has found its pope in an actor who once played Hitler and became an Internet sensation. Just days after the Vatican named Jorge Mario Bergoglio its new pope, Downfall actor Bruno Ganz has been cast as Pope Sixtus VI in the cable network's drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Vatican, a contemporary thriller about spirituality, power and politics, is set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. The potential series would explore the relationships and rivalries in addition to the mysteries and miracles behind the
- Lesley Goldberg
As the world watched the news of the historic appointment of a new Pope, Showtime's The Vatican continues to select the members of its "conclave" as acclaimed actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall) joins the drama pilot as Pope Sixtus VI. Pope Sixtus VI, of German ancestry, is an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy. Starring Kyle Chandler, as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, The Vatican is a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics. Two–time Oscar nominee and three-time Emmy® nominee Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco, House MD) wrote the hour-long script. Triple Oscar nominee and Golden Globe®-winner Sir Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down »
- Pietro Filipponi
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2013 Oscars have come to a close, but that doesn't mean us dedicated followers of the almighty awards season stop looking ahead twelve months from now when a new film will be crowned king of the world amidst all the backlash and hate that swirls around the event. Instead of focusing on the negative, let's keep positive. Let's look forward to the next ten months of 2013 and ponder what possible great films we may have in store. While we may second guess the decisions of the Academy and consider them out-of-step with current trends in film, at the very least they give us a chance to consider what may be the best the year has to offer and what will be the most talked about films and performances come this year's awards race. Pushing the build-up aside, my early year 2014 Oscar Preview begins today with the first ten films in a 40 movie preview. »
- Brad Brevet
Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Match Point) strolled into the press day for Park Chan-wook’s latest, Stoker (review), wearing a belt so we were all immediately nervous. After all, Goode’s character, Uncle Charlie, prefers, at times, to use his belt for something other than just holding up his britches.
Jokes aside, Matthew was almost as charming as his sociopathic character in the film as we spoke, a similarity that added a little menace to the proceedings.
Dread Central: How do you feel being chosen for this type of role, a sexy killer?
Matthew Goode: Typecast again! It’s a Park Chan-wook film so you think that you’re probably doing something right. I was lucky, my good friend Colin [Firth] became too busy to do it. That was the first time I’ve ever had that happen. It wasn’t offered by any stretch of the imagination. It was a »
- Drew Tinnin
The race between the auteur and the court jester gives the Academy an opportunity to make a statement on movie violence
The Academy Awards are known for their bold and unexpected juxtapositions: Burt Lancaster and Ingmar Bergman! Yul Brynner and François Truffaut! Sharon Stone and Michelangelo Antonioni! But nothing quite beats those generated by Michael Haneke's progress through the 2013 awards season. The five Oscar nominations for Haneke's drama of love and death, Amour, have generated the kind of high-low dissonance that can only come when a film-maker combining the moral gravity of Bergman with the aesthetic austerity of Bresson comes face-to-face with the lacquered quiff of Ryan Seacrest.
Most European auteurs of Haneke's stature stay well away from the red carpet. In the 1960s, Bergman returned his nomination for Wild Strawberries, calling the Academy a "humiliating institution" and asking "to be released from the attention of the jury for »
- Tom Shone
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