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A timeless masterpiece
A week ago I had the opportunity to see this film on the big screen for the first time. And it was a real pleasure. It is not just a black comedy about the cold war, which is now history. It is a movie about the male motivation for power and war. (War as a substitute for SEX)And that hasn't changed through the centuries. This film is also an insult for values like military heroism.
This movie is Kubricks first masterpiece, and maybe his best.
Fast food cinema
Frankly spoken, I can't understand, why so many love this movie. I've seen it a view days ago with my girlfriend. We were laughing at the "wrong" scenes, which made the rest of the audience angry. It is very old fashioned, in spite of the fact that it contains a lot of computer animation.The film has no magic. It may be the right movie for a light entertainment, but it is surly not a good or important movie.
La pianiste (2001)
A shocking great AUSTRIAN movie
First of all I have to say as an austrian that this film is mainly an austrian movie. Haneke is austrian, the film has a Vienna setting, and is is based on an austrian novel.
Watching this movie was for me an impressive experience. I've seen it nearly half a year ago, and it is still in my mind.
What makes this film or any other film of Haneke so difficult to watch is, that he shows just the negative aspects of living in modern western societies. He gives us no hope, and he creates no positive vision. And he is very effective in doing so. He creates scenes which are nearly unbearable. He causes nearly physical reactions of the audience.
So if you go to the movies just to get entertained, please stay away. But if you have an open mind and are interested in a new and disturbing experience, go for it.
Before i forget to mention it. The performance of Isabel Huppert is incredible good.