Sunday, December 02, 2007

Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiter)

I was in the mood for a WWII movie and wanted to see The Black Book but was not available, so I decided to see this one and have to admit that it was good, especially the outstanding music –mainly tangos- that eases this surviving tale; but without the music I believe it would have been like many other war movies.

This Stefan Ruzowitsky film tells the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Actually is more about questions related to choice, survival and martyrdom. This is not an emotional film; it is more cerebral which makes it easier to watch at least for me that WWII, Jews and emotions tend to disturb me.

In a way the movie style is similar to The Life of Others, as is a well done and acted the only thing missing is a similar story as this is very different but it is explored to more depth and with more scrutiny in an objective way, so do not expect many answers, they show what it could be consider facts. Cinematography is nice due to the use of light that allows seeing camp Schsenhausen with interesting textures.

The movie was in competition in the 2007 Berlinale, won an award and had several nominations in German awards.

Not a masterpiece but very entertaining and attention grabber. You must like European cinema to enjoy this movie.


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