The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Without doing any actual research to confirm my suspicions, I have to assume that this film was blacklisted by the Germans because it too closely resembled the political and social insanity that was brewing in 1933.  The film’s titled prologue tells the viewer that it wasn’t until 1951 (if I recall correctly) that this film was shown in Germany. I can see why. I don’t … Continue reading The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Woyzeck (1979)

I had forgotten that this particular Herzog film starred Klaus Kinski, even though I now remember scenes from it that were on the documentary, My Best Fiend, which is about the tumultuous relationship between Herzog and Kinski. Actually, watching My Best Fiend really helps one to appreciate the evil genius of Kinski’s acting. As Woyzeck is drawing to a close, and Woyzeck is wielding the knife … Continue reading Woyzeck (1979)

The Lives of Others (2007)

This film was clever, but not in the “Sixth Sense.”  The story, as it was unfolding, was predictable in the predictable sense, but it still left you feeling fulfilled as a viewer because it is satisfying watching compassion develop on screen. I like the idea of the watcher (Wiesler) becoming enmeshed in the lives of those he’s watching. The film portrays, obviously, the lowering of the … Continue reading The Lives of Others (2007)