The Good German

The Good German

The Good German

  Berlin shortly after the end of World War II: the disillusioned U.S. war correspondent Jake Geismer (George Clooney) returns home after long years in the city back, where he once lived and where he ran a news agency. Now he wants to report from here on the Potsdam Conference to determine where the victorious Allied Powers on the future of Germany. Not only Geismer, including the city and its inhabitants have changed – traumatized by the war here, everyone is fighting only for sheer survival. And everyone has something to hide – it was the former membership in the Nazi party or harmless little black market. Not only the vanquished Germans have something to hide, even the victors to pursue goals and pursue political obscure corners games because of the erstwhile allies have long been bitter rivals. And the climate of hypocrisy and deception of the beating time and has captured not only the politicians and senior military figures, but continues seamlessly into downward. It turns out some Geismer chauffeur, the inconspicuous Provinzlandei Tully (Tobey Maguire), a crafty crook who hawked everything that is not nailed down. Geismer tried to ignore the machinations of the corporal, which he however can not replace is Tully’s girlfriend Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), for she is the woman who loved Jake many years ago. And so he falls into a whirlpool of murky intrigue, as Tully is found murdered in the Russian sector of the city, with pockets full of money. But the more he investigates, the more signs point to a possible accomplice Lenas, so that the war reporters soon faces a dilemma of adult …

Steven Soderbergh’s new film after Syrianaist staged a romantic old-fashioned thriller with plenty of ambiance and style and a tribute to the works of the Black Series – a scoundrel, who’s (not) think of The Third Man. However, the bow, but sometimes gets a little too deep, suffocating as that of the film in Formalisumus too.

The Good German so accurately that the film takes the style of the time, not solely dependent on set design, but also in the art. To create an authentic look, grabbed Soderbergh on camera lenses from that period and style elements such Reißschwenks, rear projections and a very back to classical models oriented film music. The result is a lovable old-fashioned film, which shows that actors like Cate Blanchett or George Clooney would have had what it takes to be a star from Hollywood’s golden era – even though the times have changed extremely. It may be of such a revival and provoke keep the good old days what you want, you can dismiss it as retro or shallow copy, and so does this film terribly wrong. For in addition to all values show The Good German is first and foremost a very good political thriller from a fascinating period backdrop. And that is what counts.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The Good German Country of production: USA Year of production: 2006 Length: 105 (Min) of material: Warner Bros.

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