In 1938 Hans Zeisig, an apolitical comedian, impersonator and cabaret actor, flees with a Russian passport (instead of American, which he would have preferred) from Nazi-Berlin, and finds ...
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In 1938 Hans Zeisig, an apolitical comedian, impersonator and cabaret actor, flees with a Russian passport (instead of American, which he would have preferred) from Nazi-Berlin, and finds himself in the legendary Hotel Lux, the 'lost paradise' of the Comintern, in Moscow. Everyone believes that Zeisig is a man named Hansen, Hitler's personal astrologer. But Zeisig quickly realizes that he's gone from the frying pan into the fire. In the Hotel Lux he meets his friends Frida and later Meyer again, still passionate communists. For the three idealists an adventure between love and death begins to run its course.Written by
When Hans is dating the girl in his flat in 1936 he puts on a record of "You Are My Sunshine" by Bing Crosby, Voctor Young and his Orchestra, a record that was released in 1941. Also the song was written in 1937 and the first release in 1939 by the Pine Ridge Boys. See more »
This is the starsky of 1939. This makes no difference for most people but for astrologers the stars are some kind of newspaper of tomorrow you can read today. If fthis newspaper would actually exist I would like to subscribe it because never my stars were standing so bad like today. When I was thinking of stars I was thinking of Hollywood, of good Cognac and of Hotels. About hotels they don't have to have 5 stars. There are many nice small hotels around the world with four or three stars, ...
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The first part of the closing credits are displayed over the star sky, mixed with different constellations and star-made impressions of the main actors and different celebrities of the 1930s. See more »
I am attending a film festival in Porto and so far this was the best movie in competition. I don't watch a lot of European films because they usually don't open in Portugal, but I try to use this opportunities to watch different movies and this time I wasn't disappointed. It's a story of two comedy actors in Berlin in 1939. One of them plays Hitler and the other Stalin to a room full of Nazi officers. The beginning is absolutely great and I could't stop laughing. With the war both comedians have to run and trying to reach Hollywood they end up in Moscow. At this point the film looses a bit of its initial vigor but I enjoyed it anyway and although the end is a bit predictable, it is still a very enjoyable movie and totally worth the time.
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