"Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the platoon leads his men to desert. The men of the platoon attempt to escape from the city which is now surrounded by the Soviet Army.
Writer:Jürgen Büscher, Johannes Heide, Joseph Vilsmaier
A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Edgar C (br) wrote: Winner of the three prestigious Kinema Junpo Awards including Best Film, Best Actress (Shima Iwashita) and Best Director (Masahiro Shinoda), Double Suicide is a masterful cinematic retelling of a famous bunraku (puppet theater) Japanese play of 1720 set in Osaka and written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon.Potentially Shinoda's highest peak of cinematic artistry and theatrical melodrama, this psychological spectacle is a Shakesperian tragedy of striking visuals, overwhelming performances and strokes of surrealism that simultaneously invade a tragic story about loyalty, love affairs and societal obligations that range from the marital to the family-related. Surprisingly, the film opens with present-day (1969) documentary(?) segments, featuring the cast, the crew and the organization of the attrezzo, where we see them organizing the scenography, but seemingly preparing everything necessary for a puppet play. The puppets are clearly displayed. While the initial credits are displayed, we hear a conversation between Shinoda and one of the writers, Taeko Tomioka, discussing the difficulties involved in finding a proper shooting location for filming the "final suicide sequence in the graveyard", and considering what parts of the script should not be followed closely. As we advance through the credits, the puppets fade out and are transformed in the main actors, whereas the crew assume supernatural, ghastly forms of dark ghosts supposedly representing the puppeteers.Let's just omit saying that this is one of the most ingenious opening scenes ever, and focus on Shinoda's honorable homage to the theatricality of the time. There are very rare cases in which the performances, the cinematography, the script, the music and the artistry involved in the set designs and art decorations correlate perfectly and harmoniously to create a complete, melodramatic masterpiece from every possible angle. Notorious is the work of actress Shima Iwashita, who portrays BOTH roles of Osan, Jihei's wife, and Koharu, the deplored courtesan. Stunning is the usage of the color WHITE to make the film seem like it is taking place in an otherwordly realm surrounded by light, but not necessarily heavenly. Interesting is the decision by Shinoda of keeping the concept of the "puppeteers" from the tradition of bunraku and apply it to film, where they do not intervene in the decisions and tragic outcomes of the characters, but rather facilitate the physical circumstances forming part of the contexts of the characters' decisions. It is like an alternative take on the role that the Chorus had in the ancient works of Sophocles, such as "Oedipus Rex" and "Antigone", where they would chant between one act and the next, highlighting unspoken emotions, unclarified actions, or explaining the tragic circumstances that were surrounding the characters. They were a complement to the story. In this case they are too, but rather working mysteriously like shadows lurking in the dark, awaiting for the execution of their tasks, like symbols of fate.99/100
Dave H (au) wrote: Overrated Brit noir. Dicky as Pinky rocks it, he's awesome. And it's an interesting tale with lots of sad, hopeless characters. But if couldn't really hold my interest, and I found it hard to work out some of the finer points (eg: the "card") and thus motivations at times. Some religious nuttiness is worked in quite well. Best thing about it is the mise-en-scene of inter-war Brighton, and how much it different from my wonderful memories of millennial Brighton - or in many cases, how much is still the same.
Snehil K (it) wrote: I really don't care about the Ratings.. I really enjoyed BODY OF EVIDENCE.. It's like watching another BASIC INSTINCT. I checked the ratings and critics panned the movie.. but I didn't feel that for a single second while I was watching it. In my opinion, It's a brilliant second version of BASIC INSTINCT. In terms of EROTICISM and obscene language.. This movie is much more open compare to BASIC INSTINCT. Direction is Wonderful and so is Screenplay. Storyline is almost same as BASIC INSTINCT. Dialogues are to good for an erotic thriller. MADONNA has crossed the lines here and definitely her effort in terms of showing sexuality is a step ahead than SHARON STONE in BASIC INSTINCT. But her performance is in this movie is not as good as SHARON STONE in comparison. But it's not bad either. I would say.. GOOD. WILLIAM DAFOE performed well in the movie. I would not call it a bad performance.. so again.. GOOD for him too. JULIANNE MOORE is waste in the movie. Didn't get chance to do much. JOE MANTEGNA and ANNE ARCHER acted well according to the part. LITTLE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE ENDING THOUGH..! Please don't go by the Ratings or Critics comments.. Watch the movie.. I am sure.. You won't regret.
Nate J (it) wrote: This had been a movie I was dead set against watching. But as a filmmaker, I firmly believe you cannot critically analyse a piece if you've not experienced it (cue my viewing of the Twilight Saga). I got 30 pages into the book upon it's release and has to stop, it's a dire read. Like a teenager given Microsoft Word for the first time and describing what that think sex really is.First things first, the soundtrack is awesome. Sia, Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd make it brilliant.The film itself is not the most terrible thing I've seen. Sure the Dominant role is all wrong and the it feels like it needs the nudity to survive, but I have genuinely seen worse. I have an understanding what BDSM and Dom/Sub roles entail and I'm not under any illusion it should look like this.Highlight is certainly the quirky comments from Anastasia.
Jason S (ca) wrote: It's the scene from Hot Rod where Rod falls forever down a hill, but in a war zone.
Russell H (au) wrote: Pretty good despite Reeves's humorously bad acting. It's funny because it's not intentional.
Mat K (it) wrote: MY EYES! This movie is a quality of bad that is hard to find. Although the acting and some of the costumes border on terrible it is the script that makes this movie almost unbearable. They introduce things that never get followed up on. Things are sprung on us without being introduced. There are huge leaps of logic. One character switches sides and we never know why, we never see it happen, and we don??t know why the good guys accept her. And then there is the fact that it is a Princess Bride wannabe with a parent figure reading to a child a bedtime story, providing an intrusive and annoying narration that tells us things they should show us, and will often be said by a character immediately after. By the way, this narration happens throughout the entire film. The last thing I want to say is that they open this movie attributing this piece of shlock to Edgar Allen Poe. No, don??t try to wrap your mind around that, it will only give you a headache. So, are there any good things about this movie? Yes, but they are not worth mentioning.
Cham O (br) wrote: Fast paced high intense caper/ heist non-stop action movie. It's about a gang looking for a big money and being set up by one of them. Not the best of background music. If there is a decent music then this would have been even better thriller.