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Fest 2003

Academic journal article Afterimage

Fest 2003

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Goodbye Lenin won the hearts of the critics at the International Film Festival FEST 2003. The fall of the Berlin Wall must have brought relief to some and confusion to others. German critics all agree: Goodbye Lenin is the first good film made on the subject in 13 years. Its director defines it as a melancholic comedy. Wolfgang Becker is indeed telling his story in a wonderful and touching way. The screenplay revolves around the story of a loving son who tries to move mountains and create a "pre-fall" world to restore his mother to a healthy state after she had wakened up from a coma that occurred before the fall. In order to protect his mother from any emotional shock, Alex creates a fake TV news program, Aktuelle Kamera, that his mother used to watch before the fall of the Berlin Wall and that stopped with it. With its comic manner, the film mocks the old East German communist lifestyle, without a trace of spite, bitterness, or malice. It is obvious that the director of this film still feels slightly sentimental about that old-fashioned life-style, nevertheless, he caricatures and ridicules the ideas of these disappeared times, of communist ideology. The director, Becker, was born in Hemer, Germany. He studied German history and literature at Berlin University. Only in the 80s did he study at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, when he started his cinematographic career. Goodbye Lenin is certainly not a blockbuster. …

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