The Germans Are Coming

I finally got the chance to see Never Look Away, the final piece to complete this years nominated films, so I decided to have a full blown nazi week. All of the German nominations for best foreign film that tackles the theme of nazi Germany in any way.

The Tin Drum (1979)
Not my cup of tea. A raunchy movie movie with a stream of seemingly random events that I come to expect from Italian movies. Becomes exhausting, especially when the runtime is almost three hours.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.

Nowhere in Africa (2001)
The daughter character is such a joy in this. And good character arch on the main characters.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 2003.

Jacob the Liar (1974)
I have to admit I already am starting to forget about this movie. I can’t remember how it ended. Not a good sign.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1977.

Angry Harvest (1985)
This was the most gritty of the bunch for me. A man taking advantage of a woman, thinking his deeds are good, and a woman making herself believe she is being saved, just because the alternative for her is worse. In a scene the man is sitting in front of metal saws hanging on a wall forming wings behind him. Wonder if it was intentional or not, but it became a pretty perfect image.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Really good tempo in this one, it gives the audience plenty of time to soak in the events, and get to know Sophie.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2006.

The Devil Strikes at Night (1957)
Really good, until either the film lost its footing, or I fell of the wagon, and it became really slow and boring in the last thirty minutes or so.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958.

The Bridge (1959)
Really good directed movie, some times has the feel of Bergman through the camera work. Surpisingly brutal.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1960.

Never Look Away (2018)
Ambitious, but kind of dull. I had hoped it was more interesting than it ended up being.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Cinematography in 2019.

Schtonk! (1992)
Such an interesting story, draged through the mud with silly humour that the movie really don’t need.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1993.

The Nasty Girl (1990)
The movie style matches the energy of the lead character in a really interesting way, that makes you get a to know her better just by the way the movie is shot and edited.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1991.

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