Originally Posted by Keith
So many Hollywood movies are based around the actors that are in them or some recurring theme .. Star Wars, Bond, Mission Impossible etc etc.
This looks grim but real to me .. which is actually the way I prefer my movies these days Peter ... as you said, powerful.
Yes I agree. And so much of it reliant on comic book characters and stories. Sort of emblematic of the idiocy of our time. I much prefer "grim" movies like this one which make you think rather than ones which Hollywood typically churns out, which are just chewing gum for the mind. Which is kind of ironic since they are largely written to sell popcorn.
Compared with something like the Photographer of Mathausen the constant round of Hollywood movies disappear from the public consciousness like flatulence in the wind (I am being polite).
On the other hand I recently watched a series of made for TV episodes made by a British production company (perhaps with Hollywood money I am not sure but not in the Hollywood style) and based on the old French detective stories about Inspector Maigret. Starring of all things Rowan Atkinson (AKA Mr Bean). Brilliant, atmospheric, engaging and filmed in Budapest which still somewhat looks like Paris 1950 to add extra atmosphere and a feeling of gritty realism. And hardly a car chase, fist fight or gun battle to be seen. In fact none - the stories were engaging because the situations had some semblance of reality, the characters were interesting and they engaged the mind as well as emotions. The hero was not a "star" he was a quiet, introspective, almost introverted pipe smoking policeman played by an ex comic actor with googly eyes and a rubber face. But boy did he ace it. Not true stories of course, like the Photographer of Mathausen but a good example of the kind of material I wish were more common in the entertainment industry.
I will be going to see Photographer of Mathausen by the way.