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‘Charité’ Review: Netflix’s Historical Hospital Drama Won’t Fix ‘The Knick’-Sized Hole in Your Heart

‘Charité’ Review: Netflix’s Historical Hospital Drama Won’t Fix ‘The Knick’-Sized Hole in Your Heart
One of the most fascinating elements of “Charité,” the new six-part German miniseries now available on Netflix, is the operation theater. As a medical drama set in the late 19th century, this combination lecture hall and surgical venue is as compelling a concept as it is unsanitary. To see a procedure like a tracheotomy or an appendectomy, both in their nascent development stages, presented in such a matter-of-fact way is jarring by design. To see progress and hubris in tandem is one of the main reasons why medical dramas (especially ones set in a distant time) continue to be a regular TV staple.

Whenever “Charité” returns to the exhibition-style setting of that instructional surgery hall, it’s hard not to think of the similar scenes in “The Knick,” a show that by virtue of its styling and being set a decade later took a more modern approach to this subgenre.
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Ganz's Memorable Hitler Has Become the Stuff That Parodies Are Made Of

'Downfall' movie: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, and a tendency to emphasize the more obvious aspects of the narrative. Several key performances – including Bruno Ganz's now iconic Adolf Hitler – help to lift Downfall above the level of myriad other World War II movies. Nazi Germany literally goes under In Downfall, which by the end of 2004 had been seen by more than 4.5 million German moviegoers, Nazi Germany is about to lose the war. In his underground bunker, Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) grows increasingly out of touch with reality as he sees his dream of Deutschland über alles go kaput. Some of those under his command are equally incapable of thinking coherently.
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A Coffee in Berlin Movie Review

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A Coffee in Berlin Movie Review
A Coffee In Berlin Music Box Films Home Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Jan Ole Gerster Screenplay: Jan Ole Gerster Cast: Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schuttler, Justus Von Dohnanyi Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/16/14 Opens: DVD on October 7, 2014 When you think of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, its humor does not come necessarily to mind. German humor? An oxymoron. Now forward to the 21st Century and you will discover German movies that are funny to the locals and whose humor travels well across the Atlantic. The New Wave style “A Coffee in Berlin,” formerly [ Read More ]

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Indie Box Office Preview: Will Robert Pattinson Finally Get An Indie Hit With 'The Rover'?

Indie Box Office Preview: Will Robert Pattinson Finally Get An Indie Hit With 'The Rover'?
Outside of the "Twilight" films, Robert Pattinson has been getting some consistent and impressive work from independent filmmakers, from David Cronenberg to Werner Herzog. Yet he's so far been unable to be a box office draw in that context, with his last two indies -- "Cosmopolis" and "Bel  Ami" -- failing to even gross $1 million. Will David Michod's well-reviewed "The Rover" change that this weekend? Here's our prediction for that and four other openers: Read More: Robert Pattinson on Singing Keri Hilson in 'The Rover' and How He Chooses His Projects Post-'Twilight' A Coffee In Berlin (Music Box Films) Director:  Jan Ole Gerster Cast: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders Criticwire Average: 7 critics gave it a B average Where It's Screening: At the Sunshine in New York. It opens in Philadelphia, Chicago and the Bay Area next weekend. Box Office Expectation: This German import about a young
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Fack Ju producer moves to Constantin

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Lena Schömann, producer of box office hit Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer), is switching to Constantin Film after 12 years at the distributor-producer’s subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion.

Schömann’s credits at Rat Pack included The Crocodiles family film franchise and 3D adventure Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods directed by Christian Ditter..

Together with Becker, she produced writer-director Bora Dagtekin’s box-office hits Turkish For Beginners and Suck Me Shakespeer which has seen by over 7m cinema-goers in Germany alone and has taken over € 52 m since its release last November.

Schömann’s first project at Constantin will be the sequel to Suck Me Shakespeer, which will begin shooting this summer and be released by Constantin Film on September 10, 2015.

Suck Me Shakespeer, which won a German Film Award last month as the country’s most successful feature of 2013, is handled internationally by Berlin-based sales outfit Picture Tree International.

Constantin stays at school

School-based stories are clearly
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The Monuments Men: a rickety plot ruins this relic hunt

George Clooney's epic about second world war art theft gets the true story of these art sleuths right, but needs to be liberated from too much material and a wayward plot

George Clooney calls for Mona Lisa to be returned to Italy

Monuments Men (2014)

Director: George Clooney

Entertainment grade: C

History grade: B

The Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives programme was a group of men and women in the Allied armies who protected and preserved treasures during the second world war, and later found and returned art stolen by the Nazis.

Art

It's March 1943. Belgian monks hide their altarpieces, a swastika flag flutters in front of the Eiffel Tower, and Adolf Hitler is pilfering art from all over Europe to build a collection for his planned Führermuseum. Meanwhile, in the Us, museum curator Frank Stokes (George Clooney) tries to persuade American commanders that European art is worth saving. "This is Da Vinci's Last Supper,
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Bruhl Signs For Two New Films

Rising young German actor Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") has booked two new projects - "Der Ganz Grosse Traum des Konrad Koch" and "Canal" reports Oh No They Didn't via The Playlist

Sebastian Grobler makes his directorial debut on 'Koch', a based on real events story about an English teacher who takes up a position at a strict German school in 1874. The unorthodox Koch soon teaches them the strange English game of "football." Burghart Klaussner ("The White Ribbon") and Justus von Dohnanyi ("Men in the City") also star.

The story of Sebastian Mantilla’s "Canal" isn't known, but filming on it kicks off in December while Maria De Medeiros and Pilar Andrés also star.
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Jew Suss – Rise and Fall Booed at Berlin Film Festival

How would you react if I told you that this year, in the middle of Berlin, you will have a chance to see the reincarnated version of the forbidden German movie?

It’s not a joke, and we are talking nothing but the truth! Jew Suss – Rise and Fall (Jud Suess – Film ohne Gewissen), stirred a controversy at its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival Thursday In Competition.

Movie about a movie, that’s how we could start this story. Extraordinary analyze of the Nazi – time in Germany, that will give you a new look at the past, brought to you by German director Oskar Roehler.

But let me tell you just one thing, if you expect to see some old war themes in this one – forget it! This time you will have an opportunity to see smart, charming, and highly intelligent man, Joseph Goebbels, who knew how to manipulate with his knowledge,
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50 Essential Foreign Films 2000-2008 (Part 3) - Spotlight on German Films

After a brief respite, we're back with Part 3 of tMF's Top 50 Essential Foreign Films. This time the spotlight is on German cinema.

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- - - As in Part 1 - French cinema and Part 2 - Movies from the UK, the scope remains the same:

Content-wise, the 50 movies feature stories about war and peace, love and romance, family affairs, coming-of-age tales, cultural and religious diversity, social issues (including prostitution and abortion) and personal - celebrating life or facing death with dignity. Coverage-wise, tMF list down many of the best foreign films from 2000 until last year from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and about 15 other countries in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

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1. Das Experiment - 2001 - Featuring the amazing performance of Moritz Bleibtreu and Christian Berkel, from the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel.

About the Movie: Inspired by a famous 1971 psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

50 Essential Foreign Films 2000-2008 (Part 3) - Spotlight on German Films

After a brief respite, we're back with Part 3 of tMF's Top 50 Essential Foreign Films. This time the spotlight is on German cinema.

- - -

- - - As in Part 1 - French cinema and Part 2 - Movies from the UK, the scope remains the same:

Content-wise, the 50 movies feature stories about war and peace, love and romance, family affairs, coming-of-age tales, cultural and religious diversity, social issues (including prostitution and abortion) and personal - celebrating life or facing death with dignity. Coverage-wise, tMF list down many of the best foreign films from 2000 until last year from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and about 15 other countries in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

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1. Das Experiment - 2001 - Featuring the amazing performance of Moritz Bleibtreu and Christian Berkel, from the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel.

About the Movie: Inspired by a famous 1971 psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

50 Essential Foreign Films 2000-2008 (Part 3) - Spotlight on German Films

After a brief respite, we're back with Part 3 of tMF's Top 50 Essential Foreign Films. This time the spotlight is on German cinema.

- - -

- - - As in Part 1 - French cinema and Part 2 - Movies from the UK, the scope remains the same:

Content-wise, the 50 movies feature stories about war and peace, love and romance, family affairs, coming-of-age tales, cultural and religious diversity, social issues (including prostitution and abortion) and personal - celebrating life or facing death with dignity. Coverage-wise, tMF list down many of the best foreign films from 2000 until last year from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and about 15 other countries in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

- - -

1. Das Experiment - 2001 - Featuring the amazing performance of Moritz Bleibtreu and Christian Berkel, from the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel.

About the Movie: Inspired by a famous 1971 psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

50 Essential Foreign Films 2000-2008 (Part 3) - Spotlight on German Films

After a brief respite, we're back with Part 3 of tMF's Top 50 Essential Foreign Films. This time the spotlight is on German cinema.

- - -

- - - As in Part 1 - French cinema and Part 2 - Movies from the UK, the scope remains the same:

Content-wise, the 50 movies feature stories about war and peace, love and romance, family affairs, coming-of-age tales, cultural and religious diversity, social issues (including prostitution and abortion) and personal - celebrating life or facing death with dignity. Coverage-wise, tMF list down many of the best foreign films from 2000 until last year from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and about 15 other countries in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

- - -

1. Das Experiment - 2001 - Featuring the amazing performance of Moritz Bleibtreu and Christian Berkel, from the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel.

About the Movie: Inspired by a famous 1971 psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

50 Essential Foreign Films 2000-2008 (Part 3) - Spotlight on German Films

After a brief respite, we're back with Part 3 of tMF's Top 50 Essential Foreign Films. This time the spotlight is on German cinema.

- - -

- - - As in Part 1 - French cinema and Part 2 - Movies from the UK, the scope remains the same:

Content-wise, the 50 movies feature stories about war and peace, love and romance, family affairs, coming-of-age tales, cultural and religious diversity, social issues (including prostitution and abortion) and personal - celebrating life or facing death with dignity. Coverage-wise, tMF list down many of the best foreign films from 2000 until last year from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and about 15 other countries in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

- - -

1. Das Experiment - 2001 - Featuring the amazing performance of Moritz Bleibtreu and Christian Berkel, from the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel.

About the Movie: Inspired by a famous 1971 psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

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