Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece, which incorporates puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian ... See full summary »
Berlin, 1974. Grischa and Heinrich are actors, accidentally locked in the rehearsal hall one night. He tries to seduce her; she's puts him off. Later she dumps her husband and sleeps with ... See full summary »
Ursula von Berg
At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The ... See full summary »
Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and ... See full summary »
Cleveland 1951. Pre-med student Artie Shoemaker dreams not so much of a medical career but a life in the theater, against the wishes of his working class parents. Despite having no ... See full summary »
A hypnotist is murdered in his dressing room. His ventriloquist dummy seemingly the only witness to the crime. A boxer and part-time delivery boy is blamed for the murder. Soon another ... See full summary »
This film is a popular feminist film, but it should be viewed as more than that. The protagonist is more than just a woman fighting for woman's causes. There are themes of economic instability and national unity addressed as well as the struggles of artists and social activists.
The aesthetics are commendable as well. The camera work is not spectacular, but is interesting in how it is used in the film. And the landscapes of Berlin, which are used as a motif throughout the film, gives viewers a better sense of the city itself. The pace can be kind of slow at times, but there are plenty of "real" things being said to engage you student intellectuals who are interested in any of the things mentioned above.
I think the 4.8 rating the film received has more to do with American IMDb users aversion to slow-paced European films more than this films particular traits. If you have to watch this movie for a film class or community screening or some such event, don't be too disappointed. It's lighthearted and could be pretty good if you give it a chance.
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