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« on: April 14, 2007, 12:37:57 PM »
I haven't. Do want to see The Lives of Others, about a Stasi agent who becomes sympathetic to the people he is assigned to spy on.

Has anyone seen "La Môme"? ("La Vie en rose") - though Piaf's life was certainly not all roses... I hesitate to see such a film, though the actress portraying Piaf, Marion Cotillard, is supposed to be splendid in the role...
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2007, 01:09:51 PM »
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The Lives of Others, about a Stasi agent ...
I saw that - not only moving, but a rare view through this window, observing le quotidien of people, mostly artists, who lived through the Cold War in East Germany.

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007, 04:50:28 PM »
I saw "Goodbye Lenin", though I don't share the opinion of many that it saw the DDR through rose-coloured glasses - it was about the subtle methods of self-repression in such a system, as we soon see - and the naked state power when the youth finally does defy the state apparatus.

But this film does seem to focus more coldly on the "rouages" of  state power.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2007, 07:05:19 PM »
I just watched Downfall (2005) about the end of Hitler and those around him. Scary to see the obscene and fanatical devotion to Hitler.  An actress playing Fraudl Junglh (sp) (Hitler's secretary, upon whose memoirs the film is based, I think) appears at the very end in a cameo appearance - saying that she was very young, did not know what was going on around her during the war, but admits that no matter her age at the time, she could have found out.

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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2007, 07:37:27 PM »
I haven't seen Downfall yet - want to, and I'm studying German - but I was afraid I'd find it too depressing, between the Berliners living and dying in the ruins and all those shitheads in the bunker worshipping the Übershithead. I think I could only feel compassion for the children and Blondi the dog (wasn't her fault)...
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2007, 07:48:44 PM »
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Übershithead....


 :rotfl:

He was portrayed in the film as an extremely unpleasant fellow. Eva Braun, on the other hand, was portrayed as quite glamorous.

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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2007, 08:23:07 PM »
There's nothing at the moment in the mainstream films that I find appealing.  A friend recently brought over the 2 dvd set of Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren for us to view.  Toby Jones is a British actor who plays Robert Cecil, a secondary role in this television series, who was cast as Truman Capote in Infamous.  Since I've not seen Philip Seymour Hoffman's turn as the author in last year's Capote, I'm tempted to rent both and watch them back-to-back, some evening.

My corner 'Mom&Pop' video rental store has a deal: one new release is 4$ but a second movie, not recent, is an additional 25 cents.

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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2007, 08:40:44 PM »
Just watched An Inconvenient Truth for I think the fourth time. It grows on you. The closing music by Melissa Etheridge is great ("I need to wake up").

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007, 01:25:04 PM »
I saw The Lives of Others this past Friday, and it was very moving.  I saw it with someone who had temporarily lived under a Communist government elsewhere, and who remembered having to assume that she was being bugged, having soldiers regularly search the home, and having to train her kids to ensure that they gave their teachers the right answers.  Apparently, the memory of it is much worse than the living of it was, and The Lives of Others was so good it was triggering for her.

The opening especially was brilliant, and a primer on the sophistry of torture.

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007, 01:33:58 PM »
I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.  It's not as good as the first one, but still fun.  I liked the group of men in the cage sticking their legs through the spaces so they can run away.  They say the middle book of a trilogy tends to have problems; ditto for this movie; too chaotic, too long.  I hope they can tighten up the next one.
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2007, 01:51:10 PM »
I saw Withnail and I last night. sweetie hadn't seen it before and I hadn't seen it since it came out in 1986(!). I was really missing gunnar.  :wink:

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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2007, 01:56:11 PM »
One of my favourite flims, fern hill :mrgreen:

My sister named her kitty Withnail. He's managed to remain remarkably healthy and sober ;)

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2007, 01:56:45 PM »
The kids liked the second Pirates movie better than the first - it had more intricate chase scenes, more funny situations, and was scarier with the octopus Davy Jones and his coterie of undead monsters. But I just found it...long.

In the past week I saw two movies I didn't really want to see: Borat and Casino Royale. I didn't get Borat at all, I found it extremely unfunny and not just because it was trying so hard to be offensive. In 10 years or so people are going to wonder why that was such a hit.

Casino Royale, on the other hand, was surprisingly good. A Bond film with heart. I used to like the Bond films of the 1960s and 70s but not so much after that, and especially not the ones with Pierce Brosnan. But Casino Royale has a working-class Bond, and it's all the better for it.

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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2007, 02:13:50 PM »
I thought Casino Royale was racist.  Every black character, good or evil, failed miserably at whatever they were doing. It was a movie about the incompetence of people of African descent, or what?

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« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2007, 02:19:18 PM »
The choice at the video store was between 'Children of Men' and 'Casino Royale' - we chose 'Children' which was based on a P.D. James novel, a fact of which I was totally unaware until the credits came up.

Although the film was bloody and bleak I now really want to read the book.

I'm glad to hear about the Casino Royale, that will definitely be the next on the list.

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