DVD – Brassed Off

DVD - Brassed Off

Brassed Off

               Genre: Tragicomedy
               Strike, conductor, marching band, mine, miner, Margaret Thatcher

sounded the march, the Iron Lady

  In the British town of Grimley is one of a special force of miners in the local coal mine a special event to the ritual practices of everyday life: The trial of the Miners’ Chapel, which was founded about a century ago in Grimley and the current conductor Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), with a stern passion , and corresponding hand opens. In the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s policies but it is bad for the future of mines in the country, ordered its workers and their families, so that the harbingers of this impending social disaster for many of the residents Grimleys the number one subject delivered in a small town – and not infrequently even among members of the band. And demoralized by political unrest, strikes and other inflamed atmosphere rely on every penny, there are men among the wind players who want to withdraw from the traditional circle of the chapel, even though they undoubtedly feared rabid reaction of the conductor.

But before the inevitable confrontation between two Austrittswilliger with Danny really gets going, appears suddenly, the distinctive young Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) and her flugelhorn at the rehearsal the musicians. Having grown up in Grimley and now successfully moved to London has the instrument Gloria inherited from her late father, who was formerly a friend of Danny. After she is satisfied with the troops a taste of their musical abilities, it is taken up and enlivens the mood and morale in the men’s Chapel considerably. But the controversial fact that Gloria is not by chance returned to Grimley, but because they want to create a profitable advice on the local coal mine, which – supposedly – will be vital for the future fate could be the same, remains hidden from their colleagues chapel not long. Thus the popularity of the talented Flügelhornbläserin dropped suddenly, and even the young Andy (Ewan McGregor), the Gloria of old knows and with whom she has now begun a love affair, distancing themselves from it.

When the health strongly attacked Danny, whose ambition is to win a single time with his orchestra in the national competition of marching bands will collapse and fail as a driving force, Gloria shows, however, that they not only fighting on the side of the miners, but also how much you Danny and the Chapel at heart. For that they should meet with her report, only a political alibi without relevance, they had no idea himself, and so they organized the necessary funds for the trip to the finals of the winds of competition in London at the Royal Albert Hall. And there, designed the last appearance of the brass band then completely differently than expected, because at one time conductor of the ill but still appeared at the event on …

In front of the serious socio-political background of the massive pit closures in Britain in the 1980s designing director Mark Herman (Little Voice / The Voice of her life, 1998, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas / The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, 2008) with This dedicated, atmospheric film from the year 1996, as well as critical humorous farewell to the bitterly fought labor of the miners. Brassed Off dares to keep up with his very excellent Leading an ensemble galgenhumoriges plea for spirit of resistance and vitality that the tribute to thousands of miners parlous economic development with an attitude defies it provides in times of inevitable loss of a small value orientation.

The award-winning film, which won, among other things, a César and the German Film Award, either dispensed on a firm outright denigration of the named person of Margaret Thatcher, still on the here probably inevitable slippery Blasewitz. In the warm drawing of the prominent figures in the foreground who choose to face their existential crisis for at least, with trumpets and drums – this is also added to both the German title – and a fiery pamphlet in the form of the closing speech of the conductor Danny stands defiantly perish if The descent is already inevitable.

Brassed Off appear as single DVD available in the Arthaus Collection British Cinema, with curious treasures, such as My Beautiful Laundrette / My Beautiful Laundrette by Stephen Frears, Drowning by Numbers / Drowning by Numbers by Peter Greenaway and Naked / Naked by Mike Leigh also seven DVD premieres presented. That’s great British cinema in its own untamed nature, the desolate social phenomena of respectable society, individualism, and gentle to drastic bitter encounter an evil sense of humor.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: Brassed Off Country of production: U.S., UK Year of production: 1996 Length: 102 (Min) Published at:

DVD - Brassed Off

format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Surround, English, German EAN: 4006680053493 Extras: booklet with lyrics for the film, interviews, behind the scenes, trailers, German subtitles for the hearing impaired

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