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Devid Striesow - Bayerischer Filmpreis awards 2016 at Prinzregententheater - Arrivals at Prinzregententheater - Munich, Germany - Friday 15th January 2016

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Devid Striesow

Devid Striesow and Francine - Shots of a host of stars as they arrive for the annual German Goldene Kamera Awards 2015 which were held at Messehallen in Hamburg, Germany - Saturday 28th February 2015

Devid Striesow and Francine
Devid Striesow and Francine
Devid Striesow and Francine

Francine Striesow and Devid Striesow - Shots of a host of stars as they arrive for the annual German Goldene Kamera Awards 2015 which were held at Messehallen in Hamburg, Germany - Friday 27th February 2015

Francine Striesow and Devid Striesow
Francine Striesow and Devid Striesow
Francine Striesow and Devid Striesow

Yella Review


Good
Perhaps characteristic of many a debut feature, German filmmaker Christian Petzold's uneasy yet promising Yella feels tied to the centric image of the nerve-wracked heroine who gives it its title. Wide-eyed and coiled, Yella (Nina Hoss) is first seen in the film's opening measures on a train heading home. She is present for nearly every scene that precedes this initial, alluring moment. The lady leaves the train and immediately begins to be accosted by a man, a man who obviously knows her intimately but whose identity we do not yet know

Much of Petzold's seduction, which is held consistently until the film's rote final moments, lies in the fact that we are rarely completely aware of the entanglements and deep emotional tides that run under each scene and inside each character. That we eventually discover that this man is Yella's unhinged ex-husband (Hinnerk Schönemann) is expected, but the way it is revealed shows a patience and assurance that belies both the filmmaker's age and the decisions he makes at the very end of his film.

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The Counterfeiters Review


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Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters opens on a beach in Monte Carlo where Salomon Sorowitsch (the great Karl Markovics) is sitting in a nice suit and a briefcase. Ten minutes later, Salomon walks into the swankest hotel in the gambling paradise and opens the case to reveal a king's bounty of crisp bills. You'd think the guy was James Bond's ragged older brother but, in truth, the guy has earned the right to be a ruthless money-spender.

Based on the true account of a group of Jewish counterfeiters that worked for the Nazis, Ruzowitzky casts Sorowitsch as the morally negligent foreman of a group of counterfeiters. Already an accomplished counterfeiter before being caught, Salomon (his friends call him Solly) gets put in job of the money counterfeiting operation by Herzog (an impressively whiny Devid Striesow), the commander of his current camp and the man who originally arrested Salomon.

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Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss and Nicolette Krebitz - Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss, Nicolette Krebitz Berlin, Germany - Aftershow-party for the premiere of Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald at the Kino International Wednesday 19th December 2007

Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss and Nicolette Krebitz
Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss and Nicolette Krebitz
Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss and Nicolette Krebitz
Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss and Nicolette Krebitz

Before The Fall Review


Weak
I am officially done with World War II movies, especially if they center on Nazis. Sick and tired doesn't even begin to tell you where I am at with these movies. There are billions of other important events that haven't gotten a quarter of the attention Nazis have, and it won't stop until movies about 9/11 start coming out. Come on, guys, do a little research and I'm sure you'll find another time where humans were really evil to other humans. There's nothing that terrifying in Dennis Gansel's tepid Before the Fall, but I don't mean that as a compliment.

There have been movies made about Nazi dentists (Marathon Man), Nazi secretaries (Blind Spot), and even one about a Jewish Nazi (Henry Bean's astonishing The Believer). Now, we are treated to the story of a Nazi boxer. Well, not exactly. Friedrich (Max Riemelt) hasn't really decided where his intentions are; his father is lenient and could very well be a communist, but he lives in Berlin during the height of Nazism. His ability as a boxer gets him an invite to the Napola School, an institute that says it's for exceptional students but is actually a place that strips German youth of individuality and pity to draft more for the Nazi effort. While there, he makes friends with the sharp, poetic Albrecht (Tom Schilling), the son of a German Gauleiter (It's pretty much a mayor, but saying it in German makes me sound smarter). They form a tight bond, but Friedrich also finds support and acceptance with his boxing coach, Albrecht's father, and most of the other students. It's these two forces that are in constant battle throughout the film and that make for all the emotional and moral fireworks that make up most of its storyline.

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Before The Fall Review


Weak
I am officially done with World War II movies, especially if they center on Nazis. Sick and tired doesn't even begin to tell you where I am at with these movies. There are billions of other important events that haven't gotten a quarter of the attention Nazis have, and it won't stop until movies about 9/11 start coming out. Come on, guys, do a little research and I'm sure you'll find another time where humans were really evil to other humans. There's nothing that terrifying in Dennis Gansel's tepid Before the Fall, but I don't mean that as a compliment.

There have been movies made about Nazi dentists (Marathon Man), Nazi secretaries (Blind Spot), and even one about a Jewish Nazi (Henry Bean's astonishing The Believer). Now, we are treated to the story of a Nazi boxer. Well, not exactly. Friedrich (Max Riemelt) hasn't really decided where his intentions are; his father is lenient and could very well be a communist, but he lives in Berlin during the height of Nazism. His ability as a boxer gets him an invite to the Napola School, an institute that says it's for exceptional students but is actually a place that strips German youth of individuality and pity to draft more for the Nazi effort. While there, he makes friends with the sharp, poetic Albrecht (Tom Schilling), the son of a German Gauleiter (It's pretty much a mayor, but saying it in German makes me sound smarter). They form a tight bond, but Friedrich also finds support and acceptance with his boxing coach, Albrecht's father, and most of the other students. It's these two forces that are in constant battle throughout the film and that make for all the emotional and moral fireworks that make up most of its storyline.

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