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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
Visiting Uwe is a documentary that follows director Fabian Hubnar (Who I am not familiar with, but I'm from the U.S., so I feel safe in my reasoning for not knowing who he is) who interviews film pariah Uwe Boll (A director I'm familiar with) in a 50 minute documentary that follows and discusses the enigma of Uwe Boll.
The movie I watched was in German with English Subtitles, but I felt like I agreed with many things that Boll touched on in the interview, such as how marketing can make a bad movie seem good, and comments on some of Hollywood's well known directors and how he feels about someone like Michael Bay (Even to a point where about a half a second of audio was intentionally censored due to possible lawsuit from Bay would have been issued).
The documentary breaks away from it all in brief moments where you get to witness some parts of Boll's lifestyle, such as his home, his pets and the like. It is really interesting to hear him talk in an educated and scholarly manner, which in the U.S., he's known to using profane language and calling various celebrities names that I know I wouldn't say to any celebrity, not even Boll Himself.
I am pleased to say that after finishing Visiting Boll, I have much more of an appreciation of him. While not all of his movies can be gems, you have to admire a man who has persevered through odds and ends, such as dealing with actors that have track records that match the characters they have played in some movies(He brings up Michael Madsen and Ray Liotta) to dealing with actors that have done better movies but never act pompous or irrational about what they are doing (Udo Kier is the only one he mentions).
This documentary isn't perfect though; While Boll has a doctorate in literature, I would expect his vocabulary to be a bit more... "Scholarly", as opposed to a director who speaks in a less educated manner than what his profession might suggest, but he's being real, and there's nothing you can really do about that, at least every word out of his mouth isn't a four letter word.
But, minor inconveniences aside, Visiting Boll is a documentary worth watching. You can find the video through Google, and it's certainly nice to watch if you have time to watch the man who has earned the title "Ed Wood of 2000" and see who he really is.
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