kingrat wrote:Fabulous mirror shot in Macready's bathroom. Who will help our hero? Where will the danger come from?
That whole scene was a very tense one for me. I had NO idea what to think of Sauer or his wife. (she was the biggest surprise to me of all...) And I agree about the mirror shots.... very well done. The bit where Cronyn was leaving and almost walked into the mirror... way cool.
kingrat wrote:The actors take very different approaches to playing Germans
I always find it more believable when people just act instead of trying to add an accent. (similar to most of the performances in The Mortal Storm) We know that if it really WERE Germany (instead of a movie set) and if they really WERE Germans... they'd likely just be talking German (so we don't need a 'fake" accent to remind us where the story takes place). But you are right.. some of the accents were well done. Agnes did a very good job with hers.. and Tandy as well. (and I even liked how Cronyn spoke German to comfort his wife when he comes back from the interrogation too) But it did not bother me at all to see most of the "American" english speaking actors just use their normal voices.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD:
As I have thought more and more about this story and the messages that ran throughout it... one of the things I keep coming back to was Cronyn's character. (I know he wasn't the main character of the story.. but he truly is the one who more or less MADE this movie for me) And I have to say that as I have thought about him... I find him to be fascinating. (I liked the part when he told his wife about the realization he came to... that the Nazi's only knew what people TOLD them... if he kept quiet.. they really did NOT know as much as they kept telling him they did. He found courage in understanding that their REAL power came from the knowledge they gained by folks who were too afraid to stay silent)
Up unitl Tracy showed up on his doorstep he had managed to stay willfully, and happily ignorant of the REAL situation that was going on all round him. And only THEN, after more or less having reality THRUST upon him (or was it greatness?
) did he have to choose. He COULD have gone SEVERAL different ways. He COULD have been a "bad guy" and turned Tracy in the first chance he got out of blind faithfulness to "the cause". But he didn't. He COULD have TRIED to do the right thing and gotten scared and turned Tracy in out of fear of what would have happened to him or his family.... but he didn't. He might EVEN have tried to do the right thing all the way up until the day he was brought in by the gestapo and interrogated (and I am sure that was a VERY grueling day for him) and then cracked under pressure... but he didn't do THAT either.
Instead, he ROSE to the occasion.
When presented with the three-fold choice of whether to stay willfully ignorant and just not get involved.... OR to turn Tracy in... OR help him.... he chose to do what was right and good. (and I guess that IS the point to the whole story.... especially when placed in context with the ongoing narration from the story teller.. the man who died at the beginning of the film and was speaking to Tracy throughout the film) When given a choice between good and evil...MOST people will choose good.
Now I have to say from a personal standpoint... that is a "warm, fuzzy" point of view in the great scheme of things. I don't KNOW if I totally agree with that statement in a broad... sweeping... totally black and white way. There are spiritual connotations to that "most people choose good" statement that I have to maybe take excpetion to in a way. Because I do believe that spiritually, we all fall short of the mark of TRUE good in many ways. But having said that.... HOWEVER... from human and life and death point of view (dealing with matters of a CLEAR choice between right and wrong such as the ones presented in this film) I have to say that I found it very inspiring to see so many people who so willingly gave of themselves... even in very small ways (and also in some very BIG ways) to help a man they may not even have known. Some were even willing to put their very lives in danger to keep Tracy from harm.... and it gives me hope that perhaps there is a measure of truth in the theme of this story... at least it makes me WISH for it anyway. Were more people to truly be the sort to rise to the occassion (such as Cronyn's character did) Wow.. to borrow a line from "Satchmo"... what a wonderful world.
Ok... that was a bit of a detour there... ha.. leave it to me to jabber off on a tangent.
At any rate... I just really am glad to have gotten the chance to see this film. And I highly recommend it to anyone who has NOT seen it. It really is a powerful story. Thanks for letting me "gab" a bit about it, folks.