Movie Clip Wednesday

I am only one day late – so I improved at least for 50% – YAY! – compared to the Sunday Music on Tuesday.
The lovely Joanna Cake hosts Movie Clip Wednesday. Two weeks ago the theme was “Best Humans under Attack Movie”, and my first thought was BURTON’s Mars Attacks! (1996, Ger., Eng.); then I remembered what Groucho MARX used to call the “war film”, Duck Soup (1933, Ger., Eng., review) (there’s the famous mirror scene!); another possibility would have been the seemingly unknown Vietnam picture “Charlie Mopic”, correct title is 84C MoPic (1988, Eng.), a very early example of a mockumentary or “found footage”, a genre I like very much.
Last week’s theme was “Best ‘Voyeur’ Movie”, and of course the pair of Peeping Tom  (1960, Ger., Eng., review) and Psycho (1960, Ger., Eng., review) sprang up in my mind: While the career of Michael POWELL (Ger., Eng.) as a director was destroyed by this film, HITCHCOCK’s (Ger., Eng.) indiscreet look into the shower at once became a box office hit and was nominated for four academy awards. A third possibility would have been David Holzman’s Diary (1967, Eng., review), another mockumentary nobody knows.
This week’s theme is “Best Doctor Movie”. Ei – that’s a tough one … There’s Dr. Who, but I know him only by name; there’s Dr. Zhivago (1965, Ger., Eng.), oh really … I have a fade memory of Dr. Bock from The Hospital (1971, Eng.), not very clear at all. But I do remember a very interesting tv series about a young doctor who has to work in a small town in Alaska called Cicely, it’s his payback because the state of Alaska payed for his studium: In German it was called Ausgerechnet Alaska, the original title was Northern Exposure. I liked it.

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Movie Clip Wednesday

“Public Disorder” Joanna Cake saied, the host of Movie Clip Wednesday. I have a problem with “public disorder”, simply because there seems to be no adequate german translation. Öffentliche Ruhestörung can range from being drunk on a public place (sitting on a park bank with a can of beer and a cigarette can be a kind of offense in some cities) to major hooligan riots destroying the inner city district of the “enemy” club’s town. That would be no more Vergehen (offense) but a major Verbrechen (crime).
In the end all films are about breach of rules, about what one does, does not and why. Maybe superheroes, male and female, are a kind of exception: I mean this Rambo bloke singlehandedly flattens a small town and somehow one can not be angry with him. One wants to pat him on the head and say: Stop sobbing, bubbele, blow your nose and vanish in the woods.

But there are forgotten superheroes. And I bet none of my dear readers remembers Cleopatra Schwartz. She solves problems, burns down the ghetto, and manages to be the good god fearing wife of rebbe Schwartz – a true example and inspiration for all of us. And she spurs singlehandedly the national weapon industry,  he would be proud of her.
So see this little snippet about Cleopatra Schwartz – hope you enjoy it!

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