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We must have missed something in our viewing, in our view it was ridiculously predictable. Characters were not close to providing real actions of their role. Women were portrayed weak and stupid. And, there was so much irrelevant and unbelievable filler.
If you like naked bodies for the sake of just continuous viewing and copulating , this movie may provide something for you. -Tlc
A very personal epic that goes through four decades of Germany history from the 30s to the 60s. It follows the sweeping journey of young artist Kurt Barnert and his relationship with art and how various forms of dictatorships try to control art to tell their truths as he struggles for freedom to tell his own truth. The film is quite long at 3hrs but it seem to fly by and despite almost falling into melodrama the director seems to find a way to weave the story into something grander where love,life,art history,politics and ghosts from the past all converge into a form of divine creation of something eternal and lasting. This is the kind of compelling filmmaking that Martin Scorcese would use in comparison to superhero amusement park rides.
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and I've seen many. The acting, the cinematography, the music, the story-they were all wonderful. Highly recommended.
Subtitles be damned, this is perfect example of excellent filmmaking. Highly recommended.
Beautiful awesome movie. One of the best I've seen! Gave me a lot to think about art. I kept expecting the father to suffer for his crimes and I kept expecting the boy to find out his father-in-law's role in his aunt's death. Things were just left up in the air....it's like he never knew what his best painting really meant. Disappointed about that. But I loved the movie!
This was a long movie! As with many forgien films nudity is part of the story. Some of my grandmothers siblings ended up in East Germany. The under current of that time was insightful. This was quit a story.
Yes, I agree with WOW. Viewed this with no expectations except years of knowing the evils of the little man and his foul followers. Pure evil so well played by Sebastian Koch - I kept waiting for the hammer of justice to fell him. The other actors were believable as is the historic facts. I used to wonder how all the German populace could be bewitched by this little man, then I came to understand it was life or death for each by the regime or by their own hand. I've had trouble with blanket forgiveness, rather case by case, with much trepidation. At this point in my life I am afraid it can happen again.
Depending on the maturity of younger viewers I'd comment on the very honesty of the body filming. Little is left to wonder about. Based on personal experience, my 13 year old child was educated about this era and the inequality of visible appearance with regard to skin tone, body shapes, others beliefs. Years & years ago and I've never been sorry to have allowed this freedom.
WOW! Freaking WOW!! Check it out! Tell your friends to check it out! Tell EVERYONE to check it out!!!
Dramatization inspired by life of artist Gerhard Richter set against Nazi era in Germany, then post-war Soviet controlled East Germany, then post-war West Germany. One aspect involves complicity of physicians under Nazis in extermination of mentally ill/challenged individuals to "purify" the Aryan race. Also touches on Berlin Wall construction in 1961, Nazis escaping punishment post-war, etc. Period authenticity, such as Shirelles' "Boys" blasting in art school. 2019 Oscar nominated for best foreign film, cinematography. Excellent acting, good subtitles.
I cannot recommend this enough! It takes you into it's world slowly and thoroughly. Completely unpredictable and immersive. Brilliant, beautiful and bold. It is full of commentary on art, relationships, trust and love. Simply satisfying. We will get this again in a couple of months so that we have time to process it and get another level deeper into this world.
One of the best films of 2019!
It may be over 3 hours long but it's worth it.
An excellent historical and romance film with great story line. It is worthwhile to spend three hours to watch it.
Extremely beautiful. Storytelling historically supported.
Visually well done. Love this film.
Don't believe the previous comments about this film being too long. Yes, it's an epic story, but I was riveted from the beginning to the end. I can see how someone who goes for war movies might not find this so entertaining because it's not really a war movie. It's a story about art and life, about the politics and morality of art, and just happens to take place (in part) during WWII.
The more significant part of the story really happens before and after the war, portraying the official sanctioned attitudes towards art during the rise of Nazi Germany, and in the two divided German states afterwards.
But this is really one of those rare films that works on multiple levels, as a gripping story, and as a comment on political and social issues with fine performances, atmospheric music and a smart script that allows you to think for yourself. And finally, in the end, it's not wrapped up in a tidy ending with justice done, because that's probably more believable.
Probably the best film I've seen this year.
Sorry to say, but what this film needs the most is an editor. More than 3 hours long - feels like 15... I had to watch it in three sittings or I would have given up. I read and watch many WWII non-fiction books / documentaries and literature / films. A WWII and post-war German film has to be pretty bad for me not to like it. There are long scenes while the artist sits staring a a blank canvas without inspiration and in despair. I could commiserate with him as I stared at this film. We begin with gratuitous sexuality involving a child - the schizophrenia of the main character's aunt could have been depicted in many ways that would not involve child abuse. Was the artist not sufficiently traumatized by surviving the war and the demoralization of his father?? The director and cinematographer loved nudity. I am not a prude, but I felt like I was going to lose my mind ( like the aunt ) as the camera showed scene after scene of "nude girl lying on nude boy". Yes the shot was beautiful the first time, and the second time maybe, but the 8th time, not so much. The director should have fallen in love with the story he wanted to tell, not the pretty cinematography. It would have resulted in a tighter, more compelling story line. I expected the artist with his freedom in West Germany to produce some amazing new art. I too could be an artist if I projected a photograph on a canvas and duplicated the picture. Not exactly a wow experience, although some of the juxtapositions were interesting. Oh, yes, don't forget the Nazi doctor who performs abortions on his own daughter to preserve his family's racial purity, euthanizes the mentally ill, goes on to fame and fortune thanks to the Soviet military and has to flee to the west when the authorities are getting too close. What lesson are we to learn from this??? I wanted to like this film, but I could not. To sum up: Do Look Away... Kristi & Abby Tabby
A long movie at 189 minutes. The subtitles are very well done. This movie will keep you thinking well after it is done. It is an unusual WWII movie in that the main character, Kurt, is a child during the war and his views of the war and his family are those of a child. The war is terribly hard on his family who are German, but not Nazi. The movie moves on to Kurt's adult life during the restoration of Germany and life in the GDR, where he is pursuing a career as an artist. The communist government is not too keen on self expression in art. Kurt and his young wife escape from the GDR prior to the building of the wall. The movie spans the 1950's and 60's while Kurt and his wife try to establish themselves and their art in post WWII Germany. The common thread throughout the movie is the wife's father, who was a Nazi doctor during the war and how the impact of his decisions continues on throughout his life and the lifes of Kurt and his families. A very good movie. Great story line. Original WWII movie. It is seldom we see the reconstruction of Germany post WWII - especially scenes of Dresden before and after the war. I have not see Tom Shilling in any other movies, but he is a force to be reckoned with. Paula Beers has appeared in the movie Franz. I think 2 actors to watch for.
Extraordinary movie. Not one false note or visual. There is nothing in this movie I didn't love--uh-oh 2 negatives: I loved everything in this movie.
Great acting, true-to-life storyline - it is just over 3 hours long, so make sure you have the time to watch it all.
Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck previously floored audiences (and took home a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar) for 2006's The Lives of Others, and here he floors us again with a compelling portrait of a German artist (based on Gerhard Richter). Though the movie deals with some very heavy stuff (like the protagonist's schizophrenic aunt's treatment at the hands of the Nazis), there's a surprising amount of joy tucked away in it (which is aided by the film's beautiful and rightfully Academy Award-nominated cinematography). Don't let the 3+ hour running time dissuade you. This one flies by.