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  • Death Mills 1945

    Watched 26 Feb, 2015

    More or less outtakes from the film that Bernstein (and Hitchcock) were making, but had to abandon. The joint film company that was set up by the British and Americans during the war took over the project and let Billy Wilder direct.
    The end result sees more hate directed towards the German people than in the original material, or rather what was the intention of the British. Bernstein's goal was to make future generations learn from the atrocities, a rather more philanthropic approach.

  • Night Will Fall 2014

    Watched 26 Feb, 2015

    A Film Unfinished, Night and Fog, Night Will Fall... I'm no longer able to rank films like these or to separate each one from the other. They all contain the same gruesome images, the same horrible stories, the same survivors. And yet, every experience must have been different for each individual person.

    What really makes an impression is the way those who actually witnessed it, even after seventy years, are affected by it. I - or you - will never…

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  • Full Metal Jacket 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Apr, 2012 14

    This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
    The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…

  • Panic Room 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Sep, 2012 3

    I think few people give Panic Room the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.

    Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film, a…