Heimat 3 - A Chronicle Of Endings And Beginnings  [DVD]
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Concluding six parts of Edgar Reitz's epic series chronicling the last 80 years of German history by focusing on the individual stories of ordinary people. This volume takes the story up to the momentous years between 1989 to 2000, when the collapse of the Berlin Wall led to a reunification of the German nation and an attempt to re-evaluate the nature and history of the country. Set against the backdrop of these historical forces is the personal story of Hermann Simon (Henry Arnold), now a famous conductor, who has finally reunited with Clarissa (Salome Kammer). Together they make the decision to move back to the village of Hunsruck.
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I was disappointed by the Second Heimat because it dwelt on a generation above mine who were already leaving home at the time I was born. I felt it a self-indulgence of Edgar Reitz to dwell on his extended autobiography through Hermann.
So I was most interested when Heimat 3 carried on from the first series, in and around Schabbach, opening just seven years after the last episode, when German history was starting to get interesting again.
I thought I would miss too much the original series to enjoy something set in the 1990s throughout, but as the run progressed, I started to love some of the depths and the pathos of Heimat 3, which ran even deeper than before, as if Heimat 1 was just skimming over the surface.
Two of the characters from the first series were played by the same actors. This was a triumph to bring in Matthias Kniesbeck and Michael Kausch as Anton and Ernst. This led to some interesting make-up continuity problems, since in 1982, the actors were already playing characters 25 years older than themselves: Kniesbeck looked too young, and Kausch over made-up with his bald head. By Heimat 3, these actors had aged themselves 20 years and the characters only seven, so they both fitted well into old men approaching 70.Read more ›
In fact it's an interesting view of Germany just before, during, and after reunification. While it does centre on the restoration of a house purchased by our favourite arty couple, there are plenty of new characters and a few that are familiar from earlier series. There's a return to dealing with the lives of the Simon family, using them, Schabbach and the Hunsruck to illustrate the changes in the larger Germany. The fate of Simon Optic is particularly interesting...
All in all, I thought it was both entertaining and informative. The running time means that Reitz has plenty of opportunity for developing his characters, what's so impressive is that despite the detail there's little that's boring or irrelevant.
According to my wife (who's German and from the Frankfurt area) the translation can be a little wobbly, particularly when it comes to anything that's dialect.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and these days I find a rarely care about characters in TV drama, but I did care about Heimat. Even Hermann, (who was a bit of a self centred prat in the second series) has his human side, and I was sorry to wave them goodbye. Except Clarissa, who remains as unsympathetic as ever.
This is the title for an excellent Germany series, which deals with the Socio-political themes within rural framework of Germany, during the twentieth century. Heimat is word that in meaning approximates to Homeland. This landmark series ran for 32 episodes and was written and directed by Edgar Reitz. The viewer is shown Germany from 1919 until 2000 as seen through the lives of a family from Hunsrück area of the Rhineland near the border with France. We are shown, almost in minutia the personal and domestic situation of their lives. The scene is set within the wider context of social and governmental events that occur. The series was made into three seasons. It has the signature use of switching between colour and black-and-white film, to convey different emotional states.
The story continues from 1989, as Hermann returns to Schabbach and depicts the events of the period from the fall of the “Berlin Wall” until 2000.
The series was emotionally charged as it illustrated the rural sense of belonging and the struggle that exists between the modernity of urban living and the subsequent erosion of rural life. This series is worth seeing; regardless of the subtitles - as a clarification, I have seen many non - English speaking dramas, movies and documentaries. I much prefer hearing the original language spoken and reading the subtitles then having the production dubbed into English. Alas too often I meet people who will not even try subtitled programming.
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Actually erratic but a true attempt to end a wonderful series.Published 18 months ago by David Mottershead
After watching the box sets of ‘Heimat I’ and ‘II’, I was looking forward to the third series. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2014 by Nicholas Casley
Not one for lengthy reviews - I often find I have to find words to get to the required number to publish the review. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Anne C.