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4.0 out of 5 stars Jews, Double Crosses, Misleading Cover and some Old Art - Not your average War Film., 19 Sept. 2011
This review is from: My Best Enemy [DVD] (DVD)
This is a war based film from director Wolfgang Murnberger and the team behind `The Counterfeiters', it begins with a plane being shot down by partisans in Poland. There are only two survivors, an SS officer and a Jew, the Jew saves his life. Then we are taken back to a pre war Vienna of 1938. Victor Kaufman played by Moritz Bleibtrau, is the son of a wealthy art gallery owner, and he is the Jew from the later plane crash.

They have a sort of adopted son in Rudi (Georg Friedrich), who is the somewhat socialist son of their erstwhile house maid - she had served them for 25 years and he is sort of a second son. Herr Kaufman has come into possession of a rather rare drawing by Michelangelo, and is keen to sell it for a not inconsiderable fortune. They are aware of the storm clouds brewing in Germany but are totally unprepared for the coming storm especially after the Germans walk in to join Austria with the Fatherland.

Rudi has been away in Germany for some time and unbeknownst to the Kaufmanns, he has become an SS Officer - they find out too late. His whole family are sent to the concentration camps. What follows is how their paths cross again some years later and how switching sides does not necessarily mean switching allegiances. This is a tale of trust betrayal, love and hate all mixed up with the war. This is not a battle movie, but a psychological, thriller with some excellent performances through out especially from the aforementioned Herr Bleibtrau.

It is around 100 minutes long and in German with good if non literal translations, although those good folk at Metrodome have written on the box `presented in the original language with English sub titles', what a cop out, like they couldn't work out what language it is in - really that is very poor and so is the cover. Yet again there are planes with a bloke storming off toting a rifle on the front surrounded by fighter planes - none of this is in the film, and this blatant misrepresentation is really becoming trying in all UK releases and it is about time some action was taken - sorry rant over, but please do not be taken in.

I would have given it five stars but there are two plot holes that had me rather annoyed as knowing them would have changed the whole film, this is not the first film to do such a thing `In Transit' has exactly the same one. To tell you would be a plot spoiler, so I am deducting a star instead, but still a highly watchable film and I did enjoy it.
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2012 14:55:36 BDT
Thanks for the review, very helpful. The miss leading covers and re-releases with a different title are really starting to get on my nerves as well!
I was wondering if you'd check out my WWII movies list quick and let me know your thought/suggestions on it...
http://www.listal.com/list/world-war-ii-movies-philsump

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2012 16:17:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2012 16:23:15 BDT
Tommy Dooley says:
Hi Phil many thanks for the kind comment and I love your list the only one I would change is 'City of War - John Rabe', as the Chinese 'City of Life and Death' is way superior and more factually accurate and you might want to check out for Australia 'The Last Bullet (starring Jason Donovan no less) and 'Sisters of War' all excellent and for Russia 'The Star', 'Black Sheep', or 'The Bomber'. There are quite a few come to think of it. I will have another think and post on your list.

Best wishes

Tom

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2012 11:43:18 BDT
Thanks for the suggestions Tommy, glad you liked the list. Been meaning to check out 'City of Life and Death', I have heard much the same as what you've said. Hearing some pretty good things about 'The Star' as well, think I'll order that next. Just ordered that latest Korean War film 'The Front Line', looking forward to that. Have you heard about a new WWII film coming to DVD soon called 'Into the White'? I don't think it's up on Amazon yet, looks promising though, got some good write ups on IMDB.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2012 15:27:26 BDT
Tommy Dooley says:
Hi Philip The Front Line is a really good film I hope you enjoy it and I had not heard of 'Into The white' so many thanks for the tip I will definitely check it out.
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