The Harmonists (1999)
This fact-based German musical drama chronicles the lives of a popular barbershop sextet in Nazi Germany during the '30s. As their fame increases, authorities objected to the Jews in the group. Traveling to New York they eventually must decide whether to remain in the U.S. or return to Germany.
as Robert Biberti
as Harry Frommermann
as Roman Cycowski
as Ari Leschnikoff
as Erich A. Collin
as Erwin Bootz
as Erna Eggstein
as Mary Cycowski
as Ursula Bootz
as Bruno Levy
as Eric Charell
as Roman's Father
as Reich Music Director
as Herr Grunbaum
as Frau Grunbaum
as Solo Clarinet
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Critic Reviews for The Harmonists
... a grandly realized and skillfully executed melodrama that seems all too familiar.
The movie is history as kitsch, not quite on the Life is Beautiful level of manipulation, but clumsy.
This German film, based on the true story of this legendary vocal ensemble, shows how politics colors everything: no creative soul can ever be apolitical.
Mildly engrossing but, ultimately, the sort of film that demands more attention than it should, The Harmonists resonates with barely a dull thud.
The charismatic quality of the group, the performing magic that made them the big stars they were, is not convincingly demonstrated and that is a major weakness in the film.
There was something emotionally flat and unconvincing about this story.
The story of the Comedian Harmonists, who brought to the waning days of Weimar a bubbly frivolity, is a rich one. Rich enough to keep you watching and wanting to know more.
If you're in the mood for good musical entertainment, but don't want to spend $100 at the theater, go see The Harmonists.
The Harmonists has a finale that will be appreciated by anyone who loved The Sound of Music. As they say, there won't be a dry eye in the house.
Only when we delve deeper into the material does it become apparent that the director has a more ambitious agenda, and that agenda makes The Harmonists a satisfying experience.
As director, Vilsmaier again has a firm grip on tone and pace.
Given the suffering created by the Nazis, the fate of the Harmonists ranks low on the scale. But as one of the countless little stories that add up to the plague of Nazism, they deserve an entry in the chronicle of despair.
The music -- digitally remastered recordings of the original performers -- is nothing to get worked up over, but the passion and fervor that created it was truly amazing in the face of personal and military terror.
What we have here is a sort of 'before and after' photograph of an era. The details make this specific story interesting, if not riveting.
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