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Jakob, a former teacher who lost his job due to the new Communist system, can only stand by and watch as the world around him slowly disintegrates, and fear and suspicion rule the day. Like most of the men, he soon finds himself in a Soviet prison. Written by
A plot twisting script based on a long-forgotten real drama with real
people, I found "Under Jakob's Ladder" heartbreaking, humorous and
empowering. As Stalin's marginalization tactics pushed up against human
rights, the main character, Jakob, found his identity, purpose and
freedoms to be in flux within his German-Russian community. Revenge,
familial fidelity, ethical wrestling matches, the best of times, the
worst of times...this movie has it all.
The cinematography evoked sentimentality, longing and an empathy toward
the main character and his tiny cohort. The refreshing humour echos the
timing and wit of these peoples. And the music! It plays a restorative,
powerful, freeing role within each characters lives. It's been a while
since a movie showed the capacity of musical notes.
As the movie title suggests, there is scriptural reference here. The
scriptural Jacob slept on a rock, dreamt of a stairway to heaven and,
well, hard times and finding a connection between heaven and earth is
something Jakob has in common with that other Jacob. Both men might be
called a community's centersomeone others look to, are willing to
follow aka "under" Jakob's ladder. I'll be illusive in interpretation
so you can discover other mirroring aspects or new symbolism yourself.
Movies that i find similar are The Pianist, Bitter Harvest and Selma.
The civil rights aspect, basic humanity and the finding oneself on the
other side of the law for keeping to your own conscience is Selma's
connection. In Bitter Harvest, the focus remains on a romance, yet the
setting is similarly the Stalinist moves that sent ripples tearing
through small communities. While The Pianist showcases the courage it
takes to remain an entity while one's identity is denied. I could see
all these films in a Humanities 101 class, "Under Jakob's Ladder"
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