If there was a leadership change in the Kremlin, then all bets were off.A film that was the top grosser at the local a month earlier could find itself sitting on a shelf for the next thirty years, or worse, destroyed.So says Karl Swenson in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS... Here's hoping that your New Year's Eve plans come off tonight without a hitch.
If you are from another country and know of a good source to rent these films; or if you know of any upcoming screenings in your area, please let me know and I will try and post something about it here.A quick check of the whinging in the reviews on International Movie Database will bear this out. In truth, East German films are not boring at all, but they do require a different approach to the rhythms of film-watching.Many people, but especially we Americans, may find it difficult to adjust to this after years of hyperactive film editing and visual over-stimulation.Sometimes, the literal translation is unsatisfactory, in which case, I might take some artistic license, When you sit down to watch an East German film for the first time, you are likely to find it a bit, well, boring. The pacing, the scene lengths, the use of music are all virtually antipodal to the American method of making films.If the last three films you watched were , the pacing of the East German movies will likely turn you into a ten-year-old with ADHD.