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Mother Kuster’s Journey to Happiness (1929)

20 Apr

121m; Germany

Director: Phil Jutzi

Cast: Alexandra Schmitt, Holmes Zimmermann and Ilse Trautschold

Synopsis (IMDB): A masterpiece about a working-class family in the late twenties in Berlin. You see Mutter Krauses fight for survival shown in such a modern way that you feel close even if it is nearly ninety years away. The way the camera (operated by the director himself) films the scenes and sometimes just the everyday life on the streets of Berlin is so energetic and real. The actors are playing very physical and natural (which was surprising for me as i expected acting in silent movies as much more stiff and awkward). All characters are very pure and just like in a documentary. Ilse Trautschold as the daughter is unforgettable. Whenever you get the chance to see this film go and watch it. Faßbinder once said it was his favorite film.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Drama, Women, Working Class

 

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