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The Good German

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While in post-war berlin to cover the potsdam conference, an american military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.


Studio Warner
SKU 204347860
UPC 012569736672
UPC 14 00012569736672
Format DVD
Release Date 11/10/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.66:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Beau Bridges - Actor
Ben Cosgrove - Producer
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Doug J. Meerdink - Art Director
Frederic W. Brost - Executive Producer
George Clooney - Actor
Joseph Kanon - Based On Novel By
Paul Attanasio - Screenplay
Philip Messina - Production Designer
Steven Soderbergh - Director
Steven Soderbergh - Cinematographer
Steven Soderbergh - Editor
Thomas Newman - Original Music By
Tobey Maguire - Actor
Nominee (2007) Oscar, Thomas Newman, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Review Those who will hate The Good German will do so not because of its time-appropriate look and technique (more on that in a moment), but because it wants to be a wartime drama stripped of romance -- those movie stars may be standing in the rain next to a plane with its engines running, but this isn't Casablanca...Romance, murder, corruption, the looming mood of great historical events, The Good German has all the hallmarks of a well-meaning, by-the-books Hollywood period drama. But director Steven Soderbergh is after something else...Thick with hypocrisy and corruption, the world of The Good German is more that of Graham Greene and a wearied Europe than that of the sun-dazed California dream factory who would continue to mine happy fake fantasies out of the war for decades later. For this it will be hated, though wrongly. Noirs this good don't come along every day, or even every year.
Reviewer Chris Barsanti
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review A post-World War II drama set amid the rubble of a bombed-out Berlin, this black-and-white backlot production endeavors to recapture the bitter romanticism of such '40s studio artifacts as "Casablanca" and "A Foreign Affair" while adding contemporary frankness. But doing what came naturally to Hollywood craftsmen 60 years ago is clearly harder than it appeared, as Soderbergh can't duplicate the look and feel of the old-fashioned entertainments he means to honor..."The Good German" has little of the luster, sheen and pictorial nuance of a top-flight Hollywood picture of the old school...Genuine pleasure is generated by Philip Messina's production design, which has made a convincing mess of numerous standing backlot street sets to convey a ruined Berlin...Thomas Newman's voluptuous score, which draws attention to itself at times, but nonetheless achieves discordant moods and levels of complexity rare in film music these days.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly Sumptuous, clever and cold.
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader ...the tension between the visual style and the adult story makes the movie pretty R-rated "Casablanca."
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...Clooney and especially Blanchett give solid vintage Hollywood style.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone This is Soderbergh's show, and a haunting and hypnotic show it is.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club ...[Soderbergh's] risk-taking pays fascinating dividends.
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