Never look away

Never look away

DVD - 2019 | German
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Even after German artist, Kurt Barnert escaped from East Germany into West Germany, he is tormented by his childhood under the GDR-regime and the Nazis.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2019.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: FIC Never
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 189 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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INVS
Jan 09, 2020

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.

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johnnybookreader
Dec 22, 2019

WOW! Freaking WOW!! Check it out! Tell your friends to check it out! Tell EVERYONE to check it out!!!

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smokee_1
Nov 13, 2019

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.

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LynJoan
Nov 12, 2019

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.

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RamelVelasco
Sep 30, 2019

One of the best films of 2019!
It may be over 3 hours long but it's worth it.

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Nooksack20
Sep 19, 2019

The best foreign film I have seen in years.

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Annieoywong
Sep 15, 2019

An excellent historical and romance film with great story line. It is worthwhile to spend three hours to watch it.

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gabriela1
Sep 09, 2019

Extremely beautiful. Storytelling historically supported.
Visually well done. Love this film.

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pomorat
Sep 08, 2019

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.

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maipenrai
Sep 04, 2019

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

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