The Good German

The Good German

DVD - 2007
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In postwar Berlin, American journalist Jake Geismar seeks out his wartime mistress and stumbles into a dark underworld of corruption.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Good 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm., in container

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debnickrand May 28, 2013

Didn't get past the first 5 minutes of this vulgar, graphic movie-- should be rated X!!

lasertravis May 10, 2013

I liked this black and white throwback. Well acted and stylishly done in "film noir". Had a complex plot that kept me guessing. You could probably get the same plotline and style of film in an old "classic", but old movies have for the most part never been my thing. Something about the way they were filmed and the acting style of those times.

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akirakato
Jan 31, 2013

The Good German is a 2006 feature film adaptation of the novel by Joseph Kanon.
It was directed by Steven Soderbergh, and stars George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire.
Set in Berlin following the Allied victory over the Nazis, it begins as a murder mystery, but weaves in elements involving the American postwar employment of Nazi rocket scientists in Operation Paperclip.
If you're unaware of the novel, the title:"a good German" is somewhat misleading because the soldiers of the Allied Powers during the invasion of Europe after D-Day thought that "The only good German is a dead German."
Thematically, however, the film centers on guilt, and whether it is possible to survive the atrocities while being unaware of and not complicit in them.
If you've viewed the classic film "Casablanca," you might be able to notice some resemblance at the closing scene at an airport as well as the appearance of film noir from the 1940s.

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tj_is_cool
May 21, 2012

Nothing special. Plot can be confusing at times.

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cdmulholland
Mar 20, 2012

Failed attempt. Nuff said.

Fantastic acting and cinematography (in black and white), but a difficult plot to follow. I actually had to resort to reading a plot summary on Wikipedia to figure out who was trying to kill whom!

dblockniles Mar 31, 2011

Soderbergh does a good job of mimicking the style to classic noir films, but didn't really do anything new with the genre - so what's the point?

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

Takes place in the ruins of post-WWII Berlin, where U.S. Army war correspondent Jake Geismar becomes involved with Lena Brandt, a former lover whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt led by both the American and Russian armies. Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be...
George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges, Dominic Comperatore, Tony Curran, Gianfranco L'Amore, Christian Oliver, Leland Orser, Dave Power, Don Pugsley, Jack Thompson, Robin Weigert.

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