Never look away

Never look away

DVD - 2019 | German
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"German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime"--From www.imdb.com.
Audience: OFA rating: 18A.
Must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to borrow this item.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Classics, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Never
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 189 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1
Language Note: German and English language tracks with English language subtitles.
SDH (Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing)
English audio description track.

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smokee_1
Nov 13, 2019

Dramatization inspired by life of artist Gerhard Richter set against Nazi era in Germany, then post-war Soviet controlled East Germany, then post-war West Germany. One aspect involves complicity of physicians under Nazis in extermination of mentally ill/challenged individuals to "purify" the Aryan race. Also touches on Berlin Wall construction in 1961, Nazis escaping punishment post-war, etc. Period authenticity, such as Shirelles' "Boys" blasting in art school. 2019 Oscar nominated for best foreign film, cinematography. Excellent acting, good subtitles.

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LynJoan
Nov 12, 2019

I cannot recommend this enough! It takes you into it's world slowly and thoroughly. Completely unpredictable and immersive. Brilliant, beautiful and bold. It is full of commentary on art, relationships, trust and love. Simply satisfying. We will get this again in a couple of months so that we have time to process it and get another level deeper into this world.

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 28, 2019

The film's protagonist was unlucky enough to suffer under both the Nazi regime and the Communist German regime before he was able to flee to West Germany. This director has now made two German masterpieces and one inexplicable fluffy English speaking film starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

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iplay2
Oct 24, 2019

I had no idea while this movie was playing that it was over 3 hours long. It is an extremely well produced film. The directing, acting, set design, costumes. music etc etc are superb. Its an interesting story that really about artistic impetus and artistic philosophies in Europe starting with Nazi Germany and ending in post WWII East and West Germany. Personally I didn't quite deeply understand the essence of these philosophies but the film is so well produced and the story is so good I was able to grasp enough meaning to appreciate the film. Although, one problem I had was understanding why the artist answered the questions of the reporters the way he did. The idea of beauty in truth which runs through the movie seems to be denigrated by his answers to their questions. Finally, I read the review by maipenrai (Kristie and Abby). Some of what they say I agree with; for instance, the nudity. However, I think that it was so beautifully shot that it didn't bother me as much as the gratuitous nudity and see we so often see in these times. But there was a bit too much of it. While the movie is loosely based on the experiences of Gerhard Richter, it might help to do a little bit of online research to understand the merit of his talent and work.

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RamelVelasco
Sep 30, 2019

One of the best films of 2019!
It may be over 3 hours long but it's worth it.

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Nooksack20
Sep 19, 2019

The best foreign film I have seen in years.

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Annieoywong
Sep 15, 2019

An excellent historical and romance film with great story line. It is worthwhile to spend three hours to watch it.

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gabriela1
Sep 09, 2019

Extremely beautiful. Storytelling historically supported.
Visually well done. Love this film.

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pomorat
Sep 08, 2019

Don't believe the previous comments about this film being too long. Yes, it's an epic story, but I was riveted from the beginning to the end. I can see how someone who goes for war movies might not find this so entertaining because it's not really a war movie. It's a story about art and life, about the politics and morality of art, and just happens to take place (in part) during WWII.
The more significant part of the story really happens before and after the war, portraying the official sanctioned attitudes towards art during the rise of Nazi Germany, and in the two divided German states afterwards.
But this is really one of those rare films that works on multiple levels, as a gripping story, and as a comment on political and social issues with fine performances, atmospheric music and a smart script that allows you to think for yourself. And finally, in the end, it's not wrapped up in a tidy ending with justice done, because that's probably more believable.
Probably the best film I've seen this year.

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maipenrai
Sep 04, 2019

Sorry to say, but what this film needs the most is an editor. More than 3 hours long - feels like 15... I had to watch it in three sittings or I would have given up. I read and watch many WWII non-fiction books / documentaries and literature / films. A WWII and post-war German film has to be pretty bad for me not to like it. There are long scenes while the artist sits staring a a blank canvas without inspiration and in despair. I could commiserate with him as I stared at this film. We begin with gratuitous sexuality involving a child - the schizophrenia of the main character's aunt could have been depicted in many ways that would not involve child abuse. Was the artist not sufficiently traumatized by surviving the war and the demoralization of his father?? The director and cinematographer loved nudity. I am not a prude, but I felt like I was going to lose my mind ( like the aunt ) as the camera showed scene after scene of "nude girl lying on nude boy". Yes the shot was beautiful the first time, and the second time maybe, but the 8th time, not so much. The director should have fallen in love with the story he wanted to tell, not the pretty cinematography. It would have resulted in a tighter, more compelling story line. I expected the artist with his freedom in West Germany to produce some amazing new art. I too could be an artist if I projected a photograph on a canvas and duplicated the picture. Not exactly a wow experience, although some of the juxtapositions were interesting. Oh, yes, don't forget the Nazi doctor who performs abortions on his own daughter to preserve his family's racial purity, euthanizes the mentally ill, goes on to fame and fortune thanks to the Soviet military and has to flee to the west when the authorities are getting too close. What lesson are we to learn from this??? I wanted to like this film, but I could not. To sum up: Do Look Away... Kristi & Abby Tabby

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