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The Tunnel Review


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This 2001 production about East Germans fleeing to West Berlin focuses on one of many tunnel-building operations when the infamous wall was built in 1961, and centers on a famous athlete who defied his Communist oppressors. Dangers and triumphs make for considerable tension, while its overextended length at 150 minutes, due to it being written as a two-part series for German TV, riddles it with slow pacing, melodrama, and viewer fatigue. Which may explain its delay in achieving a theatrical release until 2005.

Harry Melchior (a very buff and credible Heino Ferch in a part based on the real-life Hasso Herschel), is an East German swimmer and a troublesome renegade in Communist-controlled Berlin--all the more so for winning the national swimming competition. But, as much as the authorities want to use his new celebrity for propagandistic purposes, he simply won't cooperate.

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The Tunnel Review


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This 2001 production about East Germans fleeing to West Berlin focuses on one of many tunnel-building operations when the infamous wall was built in 1961, and centers on a famous athlete who defied his Communist oppressors. Dangers and triumphs make for considerable tension, while its overextended length at 150 minutes, due to it being written as a two-part series for German TV, riddles it with slow pacing, melodrama and viewer fatigue. Which may explain its delay in achieving a theatrical release until 2005.

Harry Melchior (a very buff and credible Heino Ferch in a part based on the real-life Hasso Herschel), is an East German swimmer and a troublesome renegade in Communist-controlled Berlin--all the more so for winning the national swimming competition. But, as much as the authorities want to use his new celebrity for propagandistic purposes, he simply won't cooperate.

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