- Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi
- Directors: Paul Schrader
- Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Trinity Film
- DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2012
- Run Time: 120 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B006499AES
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Adam Stein. The funniest man in Germany. And a Jew.
Taken to a Nazi concentration camp upon Hitler s rise to power, Adam faces near-certain death in the gas chamber. Until he is spotted by the camp Commandant who recognises Adam as a performer and, for his own sadistic pleasure, offers him a chance of staying alive ... by becoming the Commandant s pet dog . But as Adam is to discover, this survival will come at a terrible price.
Powerful and chilling, and expertly directed by Paul Schrader, creator of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, ADAM RESURRECTED features a stunning cast including Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, The Fly), Willem Dafoe (Spiderman) and Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons).
- Behind the Scenes Featurette
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For me, the film progresses in quite a linear way, the flash-backs filling in the blanks as to how poor Adam HAD to fully embrace his canine persona to survive and finally to be able to cope with the ultimate betrayal (in his eyes) of his wife and daughter. When Adam connects with his perceived betrayal, part of him dies, his canine saviour. I can understand his primary carer introducing the dog-child (if I may call him that with the greatest of respect) in an attempt to save them both. To help the child Adam allows him to fully accept his canine persona, so opening the door to the child's humanity, while in parallel the roots of Adam's canine saviour is revealed. There is more to the film, which I won't go into, as it would take too long.
With only 2 hours to work with, the film is an abridged version only. The story needs more work to be complete, especially on a deeper understanding of the main protagonists. For any survivor of long-term trauma, I would think that this film could shed some light within their own inner darkness. In my opinion this is an important piece of work of a much misunderstood subject, that being the effects of severe, long-term trauma.
I applaud the insight of the people involved in the production of this unfinished symphony. An easy 5 stars.
Don't get put off, though, by the non-linear structure, the traumatic emotional heart of the film (Holocaust survival) or its undeniable strangeness - this is original, brave, and often beautiful.
Jeff Goldblum is great, portraying not just a man who is mad, but who uses these manic episodes as a way of dealing with his profound heartache. This chimes with the 1960s idealism of the institute, reflecting the era's infatuation with new developments in psychiatry.
There is a clear resemblance to On Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, but these similarities are, in the end, only incidental.
None of this is to say this film is perfect, but it earns five stars because of its bravery and ambition. Genuinely an original effort.
After that episode he is kept and treated as a talking dog by Klein. His only respite being allowed to `entertain' fellow Jews on the way to the gas chambers - whilst his people burn, he plays the fiddle.
Years later in 1961he has been taken into an institution in Tel Aviv which caters for survivors of the Death Camps. It is run by a forward thinking doctor played by Derek Jakobi (Dr. Nathan Gross). He allows Adam a wide degree of latitude as he a genuine connection with his fellow patients (if that is the right word) and always has time to help them. Adam has been promised that no dog will ever be allowed onto the premises as the memories it could bring back are just too much. Then one day he hears a dog and that marks a change in everything.
This is a brilliantly acted and crafted film. Jeff Goldblum can often be a caricature of himself, however here he really puts in a great performance. The character of Adam is far from straight forward, apart from the physical side of the performance the emotional highs and lows would be a stretch for anyone. He pulls it off convincingly and with charm.
There are some painful scenes and some unusual ones, but this is actually done very tastefully. The past is told in flashback and filmed in black and white. It is expertly done and adds authenticity to the whole film. Whilst not always an easy watch it is full of screen moments that will have you feeling that you have missed something, sterling performances all round. If you are interested in the war and or great drama then this should be one that you would enjoy. Hard to compare to other films as this is dealing with the post traumatic effects, but it is a film that will undoubtedly stay with you.