Month: June 2019

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THE ANGEL WITH THE TRUMPET

The Angel with the Trumpet, the successful feature film by Karl Hartl from 1948 and freely adapted from the novel The Vienna Melody, written by Ernst Lothar in 1946, is a family saga and faithful portrait of around sixty years of Austrian history, which successfully mixes the two different points of view – that of Hartl himself, as well as the point of view from the original novel.

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SUNSPOTS

Sunspots (the last short film before Barbara Albert’s debut into the world of full-length films, made in 1998), while presenting a decidedly experimental approach, is strikingly reminiscent of Nordrand, the debut film by the Viennese director, actress and film producer, directed the following year.

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A PRECOCIOUS GIRL

A precocious Girl, a lively musical comedy of misunderstandings made in 1934 and directed by Max Neufeld, is a breath of fresh air. Yet, if one places this feature film within the vast production of sentimental comedies made in Austria between the beginning of the 1930s and the early 1940s, it is basically similar to many other films with, in addition, several imperfections within it.

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OSKAR WERNER – UNFORGETTABLE REBEL

A true icon of Austrian and international cinema, Oskar Werner was known not only for his great talent, but also for his resolute and sometimes irascible personality. Despite his untimely death, he is still remembered as one of the most interesting personalities of the past decades in the field of the seventh art.

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SISSI – FATEFUL YEARS OF AN EMPRESS

Third chapter of the successful saga directed by Ernst Marischka, Sissi – Fateful Years of an Empress has an even weaker personality than the unconvincing Sissi, the Young Empress. Following step by step the structure of the previous works, the film almost seems to us like a transitional film, especially if we think about the fact that it was supposed to be followed by a fourth feature film of the saga – to whose production Romy Schneider herself was strongly opposed.