Friday, November 21, 2008

The Harmonists

Joseph Vilmsmaier, 1997, Germany (7.7*)
This interesting film tells the true story of a 30's vocal group called the Comedian Harmonists, very popular in Germany just before the Nazis come to power. The leader the group is inspired by American music, especially jazz, and creates complex vocal arrangements of popular songs. A kind of "Bavarian Transfer"? There's some great music here, as well as an attempt to show the creative process at work. Of course, eventually everything changes in Germany, and this story was almost forgotten in history. If you like 30's musicals, check this out.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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