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Compelling male romance across the challenge of the Berlin Wall with superb period Cold War detail. 15 Rated
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The movie is fascinating from an historical point of view alone but the love story holds up well.
The story revolves around a young West Berliner, on a sightseeing trip with his curious American friend, having a chance meeting with a likeable East Berliner and the two instantly falling in love. The movie expertly highlights the problems associated with love across the divide in that time.
The music is dated and the film footage shot in East Berlin and Prague decidedly grainy (due to it being shot without attracting the attention of the authorities there). But both of these only add to the historical element of Westler and serve to reinforce the fact that this was life in a different time.
The film is an obvious good idea, but poorly executed. The film was shot using a hand-held camera, which is clearly problematical at times. The picture can be grainy at times too. The East Berlin exterior shots have the appearance of a home movie. They are without sound and are often out of focus. Whilst adopting contemporary 1980s electronic synthesisers, the resulting soundtrack is not inspiring. But this is to be a little unfair, for much of the faults in production were necessitated by the difficult circumstances of filming, and I would imagine that the budget was not huge. The acting is competent and indeed good in places.
There are some extras to flesh out the disc. As well as details on the cast and crew, and a text all about the Berlin Wall, the value of these extras certainly lies in the ten-minute super-8 film of East Berlin that comes with a commentary (post-1989) by the director, Wieland Speck. During the commentary, Speck tells us how the plot of `Westler' was semi-autobiographical. He also explains the difficulties he had in making it: he was not allowed to record sound whilst in the east, nor were the actors allowed to act!Read more ›
Well worth a look on both counts.
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