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Drei Mann in einem Boot (1961)
Perfectly does, what it sets out to do
I rated this one quite high and above current average. And this is because all that was intended here, was light heart escapist entertainment, no depth, no message beyond and above. Heinz Erhard was the German Comedian of a perfect kind, H.J. Kulenkampff the (later) lead Saturday Night Show Lead and Walter Giller, still very young, the light hearted bachelor. The story is easy, 3 guys of different kind get together on the Rhine, travel from South East Germany via Switzerland to Netherlands along beautiful landscape and with light intervention from the ladies, be they wives, possessive Girlfriend or surprised hands on freighter girl. Light Story, easy touch, well played --> going to 8.
Mach Macho Macho Men
If released today, this movie would easily earn the prize for gender related political incorrectness. Hardly ever is machismo presented without any camouflage or adjustment in an present day environment, which it was 40 years ago.I think only the Duke could pull this off without the slightest allure of tongue in cheek. But once you get over this or accept it as the value proposition of the movie, you can quite like it as the adventure flick it really is. Using Red Adair as the role model, John Wayne and Jim Hutton travel the world to extinguish oil well fires with maximum effect, Vera Miles and Katherine Ross follow in their tow as beautiful decorative effects and i like it, also i could never confess this in the open w/o being cited out, see above. Make your own judgment and think about how much times have changed in the movies and beyond.
The Cruel Sea (1953)
Assigned to Forgotten War Movies in Amazon
I recall to have seen this movie when i was a maybe 15 years old and mainly recalled the grim and bitter search for the U-Boat in the Murmansk Convoy Section. Much time has passed and Amazon Germany does now feature this in the Forgotten War Movie Section !. Certainly a film that must not be forgotten ! At the same time German TV featured a 30 year anniversary of "The Boat U-96" with the key actors. The Cruel Sea now is moving towards 60 years coming since it was released and it did not lose much. It is grim, based on obvious real life experience and well cast. Even Stanley Baker impresses as the Snorker Bully with an ulcer. Get it when you can.
Der Seewolf (1971)
German TV at the level of HBOs best
I was 10 years old when this originally aired almost 40 years ago and i always loved it. This is still one of the finest hours of German (public) TV with a great script (discard the confusions about the mix of stories, i felt that it added something to the core Seawolf Story) and a strong direction. I had the chance to see it again several times and it doesn't have lost anything. None of actors came to any great fame, even R. Harmstorff remained in the shadow of his role until his death, but sometimes the whole is truly more then the sum of its parts. Wolfgang Staudte deserves special praise. It compares well even with todays best provided from HBO.
Das Wunder von Bern (2003)
Good that people outside Germany like it to
I had initially expected to find mainly German comments and felt positively surprised that a lot people commented positively also on the things around culminating in positive reviews about Worldcup in Germany 2006. Why do i like the movie ? Whenever you ask older people about what defined "West Germany" after the lost war, there are basically three things mentioned: The Currency Reform to "Deutschmark", the Return of the 10.000 POW from Russia and the Miracle of Bern as the leading one. And the movie, as good as i can imagine it, captured it very well if you hear comments from the same people watching. Yes, there are no mountains between Essen and Bern and quite sure no Car Transport Trains between Suisse and Germany in 54, but who cares ? But they did poke some fun about women's equal (baby naming) rights and the real copyrights for the German National Coaches high quality punch lines and they had the final about right. I can always enjoy it !
Depressing story of Nazi Germany and Law for Laws art
I recall to have seen this years ago and it was quite depressing. 3 Navy sailors are picked up by a submarine after their cruiser (ref to Battleship Bismarck ?) was sunk by the British in the Atlantic. They are the only survivors coming back and at first celebrated, then they fall victim to a fanatic and detail prone Court Martial Attorney who finds out, that they abandoned ship before (if ever) the order to abandon ship was given officially, constituting the fact of desertion from quarters, an act punishable with death. That the ship was already hopelessly shot up, communication severed and nothing left to fight with doesn't matter. Don't know in who's reel cellar it is now, but would like to see it again.
An Alltime Classic of German TV (minus the annoying score)
You have to scan German regional public TV stations carefully to capture one of the occasional replays of this wonderful TV event about the greatest British train robbery that ever was. Again a very German view on British events (we can not only beat them to pieces in the soccer ground !)from Germany with a very German British style (trenchcoats, pubs, inserts from Piccadilly square and greyhound race tracks, even correct left side driving) with the most German actors you can think or and a not so unnerving voice over commenting. Why only a 7: Because the score is basically unnerving "dong dong dong dong do dong dong dong....". Bert Kaempfert could have given them something much better, had they only asked. But if you can get it, don't miss it.
Der Hexer (1964)
Still Love it
The first series of replays of the German Edgar Wallace i did see as a child and i have loved it ever since (at least the top items, where this one and "Der Zinker" are top notch. Very much German style British made, this is always still suspense, thrill, charming ladies and light entertainment perfectly combined. And we all know things will end well as they must in 60s movies in Germany of this Wirtschaftswunder era. It is reliably replayed in Germany in series by the multiple stations, where the reels seem to be rotate around, don't miss it if you can get it (forgo the latter, especially the colored ones. What was won in color was more then lost in suspense and coolness).
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
What a difference 20 years make
Hi all, my header line is not referring to seeing this again after 20 years, much more to seeing William Petersen now and then on the same day in CSI and in TLADIL within 2 hours. Being the early proponent of the MTV generation, fearless, fast, thoughtless and with short attention span and no idea why thinking ahead and planning should provide anything in the early movie vs being the center of wisdom and seniority in CSI is probably the sharpest contrast you can think about. But maybe same happened to me (hopefully should i say) being in similar age brackets. The story moves fast, driven by a then not annoying electric music score, offering twist and turns galore, sex, drama, Mr. Dafoe as desperate artist burning his own pictures vs. Mr. Master Counterfeiter. Also still worth it after 20 years wherever you get it.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Hi, i am just writing this comment to be #1001 commenting here. I need to check out, whether other top 25 titles got a similar high number of comments later. I didn't know what the movie was about when first watching, but it is hard not to like it and be fascinated. And even after knowing the twist, i can easily watch it again and try to find the twists and turns, that should have made me aware of the real story and the real identities. I will not disclose anything here, as you should simply watch yourself, listen, look and learn. Stay away from trivia and goofs until you have gone thru the full movie twice. A very good test whether you can keep focus and intensity beyond the duration of the normal You Tube video.