The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.
Kristin Scott Thomas,
Achim Bornhak's movie focuses on the restless life of Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the 1968 movement in Germany and groupie. At the age of 16, Uschi is bored by her job in a photo lab, but soon becomes the "it girl" of Munich's club scene. When she gets to know Rainer Langhans, they move to Berlin and live in "Kommune 1", the first politically-motivated commune in Germany. While the other occupants claim she isn't political enough, Uschi just wants to have fun, works as fashion model and leads international music stars in temptation... Written by
In Paris that summer, the students wrote "Power to the imagination" on the walls. In San Francisco they danced in the streets, and fought for what had become their way of life. And I was at home in Sendling, a suburb of Munich. I felt I died a slow and never-ending death that day. The only thing that kept me alive was the music. Without that, I would have died. Or worse, I would have turned into my parents. But music alone wouldn't get me out of Senling. That much was clear to me. ...
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This is probably the worst of all the terrible German movies I had to watch over the years. If there was an award for stupidity the movie would definitely get it. I don't want even to mention the terrible acting, the cheap set design, the pointless "story" or the idiotic dialog and the overall horrible look which are nowadays standard for German films. What's really bothering is that for some reason the creators seem not to have the slightest idea what the "Kommune" and the whole 68 movement were about, what they wanted and what they did. The movie deals with childish clichés - the scene when Uschi and Rainer meet the Rolling - Stones is so exquisitely ridiculous that you will have trouble to believe your eyes - even if this is somehow true for the whole movie. If Uschi has really coauthored this we're all asking us if he had so many drugs during the time that she probably did not even get what was going on. Otherwise: How could this possibly happen?
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