Undine in the cinema: Drown or Sink?

"Undine", the new and at the Berlin film festival for its lead actress, Paula Beer excellent Film by Christian Petzold begins in the midst of a separation con

Undine in the cinema: Drown or Sink?

"Undine", the new and at the Berlin film festival for its lead actress, Paula Beer excellent Film by Christian Petzold begins in the midst of a separation conversation, by the attentive watch should remain in your memory as two ominous sentences at the end, although you have to take the action part in advance. It's about the love and the death, everything. In this opening conversation, as well as afterwards.

Andreas platthaus

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the title of The movie "Undine" is significant. The romantic art of the fairy tale by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, that is to say so, was not only one of the international audience of the most successful literary materials of the early nineteenth century, but also immensely powerful effect in the various arts. The variations and adaptations are Legion, and Petzold has chosen among the two possibilities for the former – other than in the case of his previous film, "Transit", based on the novel by Anna Seghers, he transferred, however, even the most skillfully in the present.

The German Equivalent of Eric Rohmer

In the case of "Undine" now Petzold for his own screenplay, has taken only motives of Fouqué. However, the template is so very specific guidelines for the Aesthetics of this Director corresponds to – such as black romance, creepiness, and love, pathos and psychological depth in the film of aesthetic functionalism – that "Undine" almost to the exemplary Petzold-good movie, even without his long-time regular actress Nina Hoss.

Paula Beer in the title role of the successor of such types are similar in that one must speak of a Petzold-woman ideal, as Hitchcock had one. The functioning Petzold's is in history determination, cycles, formation and staging, rather, the German Equivalent of Eric Rohmer, and in the rest of the picture language, for the fixed-cinematographer Hans Fromm is responsible. Or far without accompanying music, the unfortunately, comparatively numerous scenes of "Undine", with Bach's third harpsichord Concerto importance of hard, immediately, to appeal to lose.

Updated Date: 01 July 2020, 06:20

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