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Escalator (2008)

Video  |   |  Documentary  |  3 September 2008 (Germany)
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A small film team visits infamous movie director Uwe Boll for one day.

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Trash movies like Postal, BloodRayne or House of the Dead made him (in)famous. He sees himself as the greatest film director of all time. But who is this Uwe Boll really? Summer 2008: for one day, a small film team stays at the home of the controversial director and talks with him - about cappuccino, books, photography and pornography, but of course also about movies. The film maker presents his outright opinion concerning art house, trash and Hollywood movies and their creators in this extensive interview. Escalator delivers surprising insights into the private world of Uwe Boll. Or would you have guessed that Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves has a special place on his DVD shelf? And while staying at his home and garden, even certain revelations are made that directly caused a famous Hollywood director to file a complaint against Boll. Written by Breitwand Filmvertrieb

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Boll on Boll: Statements of a modern Don Quijote
4 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

You don't need to know the movies by Uwe Boll to enjoy "Visiting Uwe". More than being about his movies, this documentary presents Uwe Boll as a person, as a unique character with clear ideas about movie-making, Hollywood, independent cinema, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Bay or Lars von Trier. Boll has seen it all and he will tell you what he thinks. Neither is Boll overly modest or humble, nor interested in political correctness. Boll uses his eloquence to make statements. Perhaps you won't agree with him but you must admire his frankness.

Fabian Hübner (writer, director and editor of "Visiting Uwe") deserves the credit for asking the right questions and for letting Boll speak. During the interview something interesting happens: The more Boll talks about the system in Hollywood and the difficulties of producing movies independently, the more you feel a certain kind of bitterness behind the curtain of Boll's confidence. You understand that Boll does not like being labeled as "the god of trash", he does not see himself as a modern Ed Wood, rather he likes to think about himself as a versatile and multi-talented director who gets his movies made against all odds, and who could easily compete with Hollywood's elite if he just had the same (financial) resources. Success is always relative.

As a documentary "Visiting Uwe" makes many things right and only missteps in small details. Hübner asks the right questions but the way he reads them from file cards often comes across a bit awkward. However, the overall direction of the documentary and especially the editing is confident and full of nice little twists that make "Visiting Uwe" unique and highly entertaining. Especially commendable is the way how Hübner intercuts interview sequences with behind-the-scenes footage. Just after Boll has made a pointed remark on Hollywood's vanity fair, Hübner cuts to a scene showing Boll trolling around with his dog. This juxtaposition of footage accentuates the portrait of a down-to-earth guy who just happens to be a filmmaker.

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