Archive for the ‘Yugoslavia’ Category

Die letzte Brücke

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The winner of the International Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Die Leitze Bruecke (The Last Bridge) was the most financially successful postwar effort of its co-director, veteran German filmmaker Helmut Kauetner. Filmed in a manner resembling Italian neorealism, the story concerns a German lady doctor, played by Maria Schell. While serving in WW II, Maria is captured by Yugoslavian partisans. Despite her distaste for her captors, she nonetheless tends to their wounded. As the film progresses, Maria realizes that people are people no matter what the color of their uniform. None of this altruism matters, however, when she voluntarily crosses “the last bridge,” which, symbolically, is her bridge to the Next World. Like the film itself, Maria Schell won the Cannes Film Festival award; equally impressive is future director Bernhard Wicki as the partisan leader.

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Private Vices, Public Pleasures

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The son of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Crown Prince Rudolf, is believed to have shot his female lover and himself in a tragic suicide pact in 1882 in Mayerling. Due to Imperial cover-ups, the full story may never be known. This story has been filmed several times, in French in 1935 and in English in 1968. Hungarian director Miklos Jancso recreates those events for his own purposes, continuing his favored theme of the rejection of paternal authority. In the film, which has very little dialog, Rudolf is a good-natured pan-sexual golden boy, who cavorts on his rural estate with a host of beautiful, aristocratic lovers and friends of both sexes. He refuses to leave his country idyll even though he has been ordered to by the Emperor, his father. Despite the fact that for a large part of the film, attractive young people go about unclothed and engaging in erotic encounters, the mood is one of melancholy rather than prurience. The Prince is a political liberal who wishes to arrange things so that the Emperor will arrest him, creating a public scandal which will provide a rallying point for the opposition. Instead, when the expected troops come, Rudolf’s sensuous friends loyally ward off the Imperial officers, humiliating them in the process. The result is that the guests, the Prince and a hermaphrodite friend are killed by newly arrived Imperial reinforcements, and the now-familiar official story of murder and suicide is concocted for public consumption.

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Die Blechtrommel

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. However, (almost) nobody listens to him, so the catastrophe goes on…

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Armour of God

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Jackie Chan plays an ex-singer-turned-fortune-hunter, who’s ex-girlfriend is kidnapped by an evil cult. Her finace, an old friend of Jackie’s, turns to him for help – as the kidnappers intended… lots of cooool, Jackie style action and laughs.

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Aenigma

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Kathy is an outcast at an elite New England boarding school whom lands in a coma resulting from accidentally being hit by a car during a cruel practical joke against her by several car loads of her tormentors. A little later, Eva, a new arrival to the school, takes over Kathy’s old room and begins socializing with some of the girls responsible for Kathy’s condition. It turns out that Eva is a pawn under the control of the comatose Kathy from her hospital bed in seeing revenge against those whom did her wrong, while Kathy’s physician, meets and begins dating Eva whom also targets his latest girlfriend.

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Kelly’s Heroes

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

During World War II, first lieutenant Kelly learns from a German bank located behind the enemy lines containing 16 million dollars in gold bars. Its section, led by Big Joe, has three days of R&R’s arrival, therefore, with the aid of the resourceful Crapgame, the Harebrained of anachronistic hippy, three reservoirs Sherman and a little irreverence, Kelly leads its men deeply in the French territory to be stolen from some gold for them.

Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Lieutenant Kelly apprend d’une banque allemande localisée derrière les lignes ennemies contenant 16 millions de dollars dans les barres d’or. Sa section, menée par Grand Joe, a trois jours d’arrivée de R&R, donc, à l’aide du débrouillard Crapgame, le Farfelu de hippie anachronique, trois réservoirs Sherman et un petit peu d’irrévérence, Kelly mène ses hommes profondément dans le territoire français à voler de l’or pour eux.

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