• * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum


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Scoop's notes, written in 2002:

This heavy-handed political/sociological film was all but forgotten a couple of years ago, because the themes were no longer current. Such is the problem with political films.

Katharina Blum is a humble German worker who goes home from a party one might with a stranger. In the morning, the stranger is gone, but her house is filled with a heavily-armed SWAT team and a crack unit of homeland security forces who specialize in anti-Marxism and  anti-terrorism. This is kind of a bad break for Katharina, because she apparently chose to form a very intimate attraction to a suspected terrorist from the Marxist Bader-Meinhof gang. That group was terrorizing West German society in the 70's, and the right-wing law and order forces were cracking down hard on them and those considered sympathetic to them.

In the course of the interrogation, Katharina realizes that many innocent events in her past, matters which were her sole private business,  seem suspicious when viewed from a certain perspective. The police make her seem bad enough, but Katharina also falls prey to a sensationalist tabloid journalist who builds up every aspect of her story as if she were Lenin himself, fanning the flames of mass hysteria, and plastering her picture all over the tabloids, supporting the photographs with outrageously exaggerated copy. Even if Katharina were to prove her complete innocence, people in the streets would always remember her as the Pinko Commie. In essence, the repressive behavior of the police and newspapers eventually succeed in making Katharina as radical as they thought she was to begin with. The points seem to be as follows:

1) The government's repression of rights in pursuit of terrorists proved to be as chilling or more so than the acts committed by the terrorists themselves

2) The government's "need to know" about Katharina's sex life came into conflict with her code of honor about naming names, and her belief in a right to privacy. There was a feminist subtext in the film. Katharina's insistence on her privacy was viewed by the male interrogators as a challenge and an object of suspicion. Frankly, this point was labored. If she had told the full truth in the first place, the police probably would have left her alone, and she could have avoided the most unpleasant elements of the denouement. By insisting on keeping her secrets, by saying that they had no right to pry into her sex life, she assured that they would assume she was covering up something more important than mere sexual trysts.

3) Katharina was not really a radical until she was brutalized by the state and the conspiratorial right-wing press. Through their actions, they made her into the person that they had once falsely accused her of being.

The film was was based on a novel by Henrich Boell. Boell was an essayist who had accused the Bild-Zeitung tabloid of creating mass hysteria with its sensationalized coverage of the Bader-Meinhof gang. That tabloid then labeled Boell himself a pinko commie sympathizer for criticizing them in the execution of their patriotic duty. Because the paper convinced the public and the police that Boell was sympathetic to terrorists, he and his family were harassed. Boell got in the last word by creating Katharina Blum, into which he incorporated his own story, making the authorities and the newspaper reporters into the story's monsters.

I mentioned at the beginning of these comments that the issues in this film seemed quaint in the year 2000. They seem fresh again in 2002. All of this squabble between Boell and the press was a lost tale of political demagoguery on both sides, with very little current relevance until September 11, 2001, at which time many people started to feel that the government of the United States was repeating the mistakes made by Germany in the 1970s, trying to deal with terrorists by creating a climate of constant fear in the citizenry, and by stripping some citizens of the basic rights which are considered quintessential to the very concept of America.

How far should a government go to protect its citizens in a free society? This question will undoubtedly be debated as long as governments and societies exist, and the attacks of September 11th have brought the issues back into sharp enough focus that The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum has been hauled out of the Vault of Obscurity for another look. Before that, it was just a fictionalized, one-sided, shrill, whiny account of one man's squabble with a tabloid newspaper, told entirely from his point of view, with no attempt at balance, and no attempt to create fully-realized portraits of the antagonists or to understand their point of view.






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The Hills Run Red


At first glance, this horror flick may seem like just another crazed mutant killer story, but it is a lot more, and a lot better. Oh, the killer is there, but there is also an actual plot, a nice twisty tale with a surprise ending and some other nice surprises along the way. Call it horror with a brain.

In 1982, film director Wilson Wyler Concannon released his only film, a graphic horror film called The Hills Run Red, that was so controversial due to depiction of sadism and murder that it was quickly pulled from theaters, and only a few saw it. The cast, Concannon, and film itself have all disappeared and film historians are unable to find anything except a crude trailer. However, college student Tyler, obsessed with the film, sets out to find any remaining copy by tracking down Concannon's daughter, who was 10 at the time of filming.

Tyler finds Alexa Concannon (Sophie Monk) stripping at a club, and quickly discovers she is a heroin addict. He forcefully cleans her up hoping she'll return the favor by helping him. She does, but Tyler gets a bit more than he bargained for.

A cool horror flick, with lots of twists and misdirection, and actually, not all that bloody, although it has its moments. I enjoyed it.

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