This is a film which probably would not be done in a similar way in an English peaking film. Many of the scenes where certainly something I haven't seen before in an english speaking film, perhaps even a Hollywood movie.
Perhaps telling from a boy's point of view is why I belive it's such a special piece of cinema, unlike something I've ever seen.
Director - Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring - Bruno Ganz, Juliane Kohler, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Thomas Kretschmann, Ulrich Matthes.
Partially based on the memoirs of Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara), [i]Downfall [/i]takes a look at the last days of the Hitler Regime. Ms. Junge was the personal secretary to Adolph Hitler (Bruno Ganz). Hitler refuses to surrender and we see how he, and those closest to him, deal with the inevitable downfall.
Personally I found [i]Downfall [/i]to be a fascinating history lesson. Not as great as many proclaimed it to be, but definitely good. Perhaps it just felt a wee bit too much like a documentary film for me to call it brilliant.
[b]Fateless (2006) - 7.1/10[/b]
Director - Lajos Koltai
Starring - Marcell Nagy, Janos Ban, Andras M. Kecskes, Endre Harkyani, Joszef Gyabronka, Daniel Craig.
Marcell Nagy stars as Gyura Koves, a 14 year old Hungarian boy living in Nazi occupied Budapest. Gyura isn't particularly religious and just wants to go about normally. His father (Janos Ban) is sent to a labor camp, and soon Gyura follows suit, being shipped to several concentration camps.
[i]Fateless [/i]is a beautifully shot film with some disturbing imagery. Marcell Nagy does a terrific job as the young Gyura and Koltai does a fine job showing his mental and physical deterioation. Despite the concentration camp setting, it doesn't have the same feel as similar films mainly due to the very nature of Gyura's character. That said different doesn't necessarily make it better or more powerful. Nothing will match emotional level of [i]Schindler's List [/i]and I don't even put this in the same league as [i]The Pianist. [/i]Both of those films had a huge impact on me. This film had it's emotional moments, but the film itself wasn't sustained enough to leave a lasting impression. Good but not great.....
[color=#ff6600][font=Arial][color=black][b]Technically this was a flawless film. From the direction to the cinematography to Ennio Morricone's soundtrack, I'd have to go a long way to think of another movie I appreciated in this same way. Unfortunately, the story itself didn't hold the same wonders for me and as a result, while watching a movie that visually took my breath away, I never really found myself caring for the main character or being able to take myself away from the natural comparisons with other Holocaust movies and the nagging sense that I wasn't seeing or learning anything new here. While I thought the movie was good, it didn't work for me because I never was able to connect to anyone and "feel" the movie. I haven't read the book and maybe it was the director's intention to never get into the 'hows' and 'whys' of the events, but just show us the story as written and allow us watch young Gyorgy's journey rather than take it with him. The movie did contain one of the more emotional scenes I've ever seen in a Holocaust movie and that was the scene when they lined the prisoners up and forced them to stand and watch prisoners who had unsuccessfully tried to escape hanging from gallows and some of the watchers started reciting the mourner's kaddish prayer.
There is a pervasive sense of loneliness in the movie that left me feeling more disturbed than I was with the graphic images of concentration camps.
I'd rate this movie a 7 out of 10 and would have difficulty recommending it to anyone unless they asked me first in which case I would tell them it would be worth their time.[/b][/color] [/font][/color]
"Eight Below" was inspired by true event from Japan, it could count happy ending cause there are 6 dogs survived in the end. In Japan, it was 2 survived out of 15, I never saw the original but I could imagine how sad it was.
Fateless, this Hungary film was strongly recommended by Truemovie and it's host also the Chinese translator. The author displeased Stephen Spielberg's "Schindler's List" over-praised "optimistic", I understand his feeling! If optimistic could solve everything, there's no "Hotel Rwanda", kind of things happened....