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    Volume #241 - Volker Schlondorff

    The Ninth Day (2004)
    Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002) (segment "The Enlightenment")
    Legend of Rita (2000)
    Palmetto (1998)
    The Ogre (1996)
    The Michael Nyman Songbook (1992)
    "Billy Wilder, wie haben Sie's gemacht?" (1992) TV Series
    ... aka Billy How Did You Do It?
    Voyager (1991)
    The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
    A Gathering of Old Men (1987) (TV)
    ... aka Murder on the Bayou
    Death of a Salesman (1985) (TV)
    A Love of Swann (1984)
    War and Peace (1982)
    Circle of Deceit (1981)
    ... aka False Witness
    The Candidate (1980)
    The Tin Drum (1979)
    Germany in Autumn (1978)
    Nur zum Spaß, nur zum Spiel (1977)
    ... aka Kaleidoskop Valeska Gert
    Coup de grâce (1976)
    "Nouvelles de Henry James" (1976) (mini) TV Series (segment "Raisons de Georgina, Les")
    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)
    Übernachtung in Tirol (1974) (TV)
    Summer Lightning (1972) (TV)
    ... aka A Free Woman
    Morals of Ruth Halbfass (1972)
    The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach
    Baal(1971) (TV)
    Man on Horseback (1969)
    Degree of Murder (1967)
    Young Torless (1966)
     
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    Unlike most of his more inexperienced contemporaries, Volker Schlondorff received formal film training in Paris and served as an assistant director to Alain Resnais, Louis Malle, and Jean-Pierre Melville before returning to Germany to become a leading figure of the New German Cinema. This culminated in his direction of one of the NGC's most successful films, The Tin Drum, which won both the Palme D'Or at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Since that success Schlondorff has continued to make films in Germany, produce documentaries, helm international co-productions, and made a few films in America.

    *1. The Tin Drum - A (One of the greatest of war films, The Tin Drum describes the weaknesses and petty hatreds that distract people and allow evil to prevail)
    2. Young Torless - B+ (In Schlondorff's first film, he uses a school setting as an allegory for the atmosphere and behavior that allowed the Nazis to rise to power.)
    3. Death of a Salesman - B+ (with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich)
    4. Circle of Deceit - B+
    5. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum - B+ (An attack on the ways the media exploits tragedy for profit, very good, if less well-observed and biting than Fassbinder's Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven)
    6. Coup de Grace - C- (A countess falls in love with an army officer during a confused post-war period. Other than Margarethe Von Trotta's performance I found this boring and a chore to get through.)

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    NHONS, though I'm intrigued by "Billy Wilder, wie haben Sie's gemacht?"
     
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    Well he has 4 Criterion DVD's so you should get to him eventually George. [​IMG]
     
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    Ulzhan (2007) (Own the DVD)

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    Volker Schlondorff is the 19th director in this series that I've seen/met in person.
     
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    VOLKER SCHLONDORFF (1939 - )


    Ulzhan (2007)

    Strike (2006)

    Billy Wilder Speaks (2006)

    Enigma - Eine uneingestandene Liebe (2005)

    The Ninth Day (2004) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002) (segment "The Enlightenment")
    Legend of Rita (2000)
    Palmetto (1998) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Ogre (1996) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Michael Nyman Songbook (1992)
    Voyager (1991) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Handmaid's Tale (1990) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A Gathering of Old Men (1987)
    Death of a Salesman (1985)
    A Love of Swann (1984)
    War and Peace (1982)
    Circle of Deceit (1981)
    The Candidate (1980)
    The Tin Drum (1979) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Germany in Autumn (1978)
    Nur zum Spaß, nur zum Spiel (1977)
    Coup de grâce (1976) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Übernachtung in Tirol (1974)
    Summer Lightning (1972)
    Morals of Ruth Halbfass (1972)
    The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach
    Baal(1971)
    Man on Horseback (1969)
    Degree of Murder (1967)
    Young Torless (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Coup de Grace
    Young Torless
    The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum
    The Tin Drum (I HATE this movie -- I find it extremely unpleasant.)

    Seen the above, in order of preference.
     
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    Seen almost all films, even spoke to him at our university, my favourite New German Cinema director.

    YOUNG TORLESS [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Following a well known story by Robert Musil (Schlöndorff mostly uses famous literature as a model) the film is a very convincing portrait of a boarding school and a parable on the Ns system. It is very well photographed, has a demure atmosphere. One of the first films of the Young German Cinema together with Kluges ABSCHIED VON GESTERN and Schamonis ES.

    DEGREE OF MURDER [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Though it's all about a accidental killing of a ex-boyfriend by a woman and her attemt to get rid of the body, it's a very nouvelle vague like film with little attention to the story drive and more concenrned with the character interactions as the girl get to knows two men who help her.

    MAN ON HORSEBACK [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A film Schlöndorff would like to forget, an international coproduction where everthing went wrong. Following again a famous novel (by Kleist) it's some kind of Italo-Western, not as bad as is often written since Kohlhaas descent into the abyss of revenge is shown quite good. His aristocratic opponents are only bad, the contemporary prologue is silly and there's maybe too much action, but I have a weak spot for this film.

    THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Extremely aggressive satire following the famous Böll story, this was one of the few hits of the New German Cinema. It's a black and white story about the evils of the press and the German state in a state of hysteria, but it's rousing and very involving.

    COUP DE GRACE [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Beautifully photographed film after Marguerite Yourcenar with a interesting portrayal of a love story in political turmoil though Margarethe von Trotta is heavily miscast.

    GERMANY IN AUTUMN [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Famous political omnibus film by Kluge, Schlöndorff, Fassbinder and others. A mostly interesting mixture of short stories and documentary shorts which tries to reflect the German Autumn of 1977 with the terroristic activities of the RAF reaching a high point.

    THE TIN DRUM [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Schlöndorff's second big hit following the probably most famous German novel after 1945 by Günter Grass and written with him, it's a very faithful adaptation of a baruque novel which nevertheless analyzes very insightfully the rise of the Third Reich and its supporters in the petty bourgeoisie (compared to these extremely dumb Italian which link Nazism to sadomasochism). I can't say that I'm a fan of this baruqoe and symbolic way of telling a story but I see why others could like it. It's overly faithful to the book.

    CIRCLE OF DECEIT [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Made in Beirut during the civil war, the film is on the one hand an absolutely unforgettable impression of the situation in a disintegrating country, on the other hand there is a heavyhanded indentity crisis of the main figure with overly heavy dialogue. A mixed affair which should be seen for the war pictures nevertheless.

    A LOVE OF SWANN [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Schlöndorff's failed attempt to make Proust into a film which he himself admitted. It's mostly a stuffy costume melodrama and doesn't have the power to make a real impact thoug there are marvelous moments where you can see the desperation and loneliness of Jeremy Irons' character. maybe it's a better film than one is ready to admit after the first viewing.

    DEATH OF A SALESMAN [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Extremely powerful adaptation of a one of the most famous plays with marvelous actors in a deliberately artificial atmosphere. A broody and emotionally absorbing drama.

    A GATHERING OF OLD MEN [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    IMHO Schlöndorff's masterpiece. First you think it's the usual anti racism story with poor blacks and evil white opressors, but in the course of the film the story develops in a fascinating way and there are many interesting character portraits executed by a marvelous cast including Richard Widmark and Holly Hunter. It's a real sleeper.

    THE HANDMAID'S TALE [​IMG] [​IMG]
    On the one hand a not overly impressive dystopia with a politically correct good and bad conflict between evil older white WASPS who have taken the power in the USA. On the other hand lead actress Natasha Richardson is extraordinary and Elizabeth McGovern turns also in a strong performance. Somehow I like this film though I find it hard to justify it in an objective way.

    The Voyager [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Schlöndorff's next huge success back in Germany dealing with the next extremely famous novel by Max Frisch. It's again very faithful and I think overly simplistic to put a rationalistic middle aged man against a young sensuous girl though Sam Shepard and Julie Delpy are absolutely perfect. the story depends (intentionally) on many accidents, but it gets more and more silly because of this. Schlöndorff tried in the next years after Germany's reunification to make Babelsberg into a powerful film studio without much success.

    THE OGRE [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Avoiding silly mystifications of Nazism in THE TIN DRUM, Schlöndorff goes now the opposite way and tells about them in a very offbeat story dealing with Göring and Hitler Youths during the war seen though the eyes of a simpleton (John Malkovich). It's a not very succesful idea, the film flopped and Schlöndorff himself admitted it was a failure.

    PALMETTO [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The second artistic and commercial flop in a row, it shows Schlöndorff dealing with film noir and deeply in love with femme fatales, plot twists and a moody atmosphere. It's a rather empty affair though not without interesting casting.

    LEGEND OF RITA [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Not very succesful in the cinema, but absolutely great potrait of a RAF terrorist who escapes to the GDR and clashes on the one hand with the system and additionally with the people who only want to escape the prison which the GDr is while she still belives in the socialistic idea. Very insightful and interesting movie about both Germany's.

    I haven't seen THE NINTH DAY yet though it got marvellous critics, but unfortunately flopped again in the cinema. Schlöndorff seemed quite depressed that there seems to be no audience for his films today with four flops in a row since he returned to directing.
     
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    The Tin Drum (1979) - 4/10
    Coup de grâce (1976) - 3/10
    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) - 7/10
    Young Torless (1966) - 8/10


    I think I watched Salesman in high school English class. And I've seen enough of Handmaid's Tale to know that I don't want to see more.
     
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    added Coup de grâce (1976) - 3/10

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    Circle of Deceit - B+
     
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    Germany in Autumn (1978)

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