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Elephant
Elephant
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5.0 von 5 Sternen In mancher Hinsicht besser als Columbine, 29. März 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Elephant (DVD)
Bevor ich 'Elephant' gesehen hatte wusste ich nur relativ wenig über diesen Film. Vielleicht war das auch besser so, denn dadurch war die Wirkung die ich beim Ansehen empfand umso grösser. Anfangs wird in kurzen Abschnitten das Leben von Schülern an einer Highschool in Portland portraitiert- die typischen Clichés finden sich wieder, doch die Laiendarstellern geben ihren Figuren im Laufe des Films eine immer grössere Tiefe. Hervorragend fand ich den Einsatz der Farben die den Zuschauer in eine beklemmende "Ruhe vor dem Sturm"-Stimmung versetzen. Die melancholische Musik von Beethoven's "Für Elise" begleitet einen ungefähr ab der Mitte des Films und kontrastiert unglaublich mit dem düsteren Ende. Am meisten haben mich jedoch die langen, ungeschnittenen Steady-Cam-Fahrten beeindruckt, die immer wieder kurze Einblicke in das Schulleben zeigen. Die Dialoge sind größtenteils gut gesprochen, wenn man auch den Laiendarstellern anmerkt, dass sie ein erst während des Drehs entwickeltes Drehbuch bekamen. Vielleicht wurde dies aber in der deutschen Synchronisation verbessert.
Zur Handlung möchte ich nichts weiter sagen, um nichts vorwegzunehmen. 'Elephant' versucht nicht zu erklären, sondern zeigt uns die Ohnmacht mit der man in so einer surreal wirkenden Situation wahrscheinlich konfrontiert werden würde. 'Elephant' ist nicht investigativ wie Columbine, aber viel näher an den Charakteren, ohne die typischen Heulereien und wirkt dadurch bei weitem realistischer. Ein paar mal übertreibt es Gus Van Sant vielleicht mit der Erklärung der Hintergründe oder der Portraitierung seiner Charaktere (sicherlich bedingt durch das hastig geschriebene Drehbuch), doch besticht er dann umso mehr mit einer hervorragenden Regie.
'Elephant' ist ein beeindruckender Film der grossen Spielraum für Diskussionen lässt und meiner Meinung nach auch diskutiert werden muss.


The Children's War: A Novel
The Children's War: A Novel
von J.N. Stroyar
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beeindruckend, 4. Januar 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Children's War: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Ich bin durch Zufall auf "Children's War" gestossen und war über die vielen positiven Kritiken überrascht, die es zu dem Buch gab. Die Paperback-Ausgabe hat bei mir einen wunderschönen feuerroten Einschlag, der etwas im Kontrast zu den einfachen Recycling-Seiten steht. Soviel zum Äusseren des Buches. Inhaltlich war es für mich eines der bewegensten Bücher, die ich überhaupt jemals gelesen habe. Schon die ersten paar Zeilen sind unglaublich realitätsnah geschrieben und ich habe noch nie soviel Mitgefühl für eine fiktive Person gehabt, wie für Peter "Halifax". Man fühlt sich nicht in den Hauptcharakter hineinversetzt, sondern eher als unsichtbarer, hilfloser Beobachter, was den Leser oftmals verzweifeln lässt. Das Thema siegreiches Nazi-Deutschland wurde schon versucht zu beschreiben z.B. in Robert Harris' "Fatherland" doch "Childrens War" behandelt das Thema eher unter dem Gesichtspunkt "Was wäre wenn die anderen Nationen den Holocaust und Rassenvernichtungen geduldet hätten, nur der bilateralen Handelsbeziehungen wegen?"
Stroyar versteht es geschickt, hochaktuelle und brisante Themen (Folterung von Menschen, Einfluss der Medien, Geld > Wert eines Menschenleben, etc.) in die Geschichte einzuflechten und ein erschütterndes "Was-Wäre-Wenn-Szenario" zu schildern.
Ein wirklich empfehlens- und lesenswertes Buch.


Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy
Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy
von Donald R. Burgett
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book, 5. November 2004
After reading acknowledged military historian Steven Ambrose' "Band Of Brothers", "Citizen Soldiers" and "D-Day" i was curious about Donald Burgett's memoirs and ordered Currahee! I had a good feeling, when i saw, that Steven Ambrose wrote the foreword.
Donald Burgett (101st Airborne, 1st Batallion 506th, A Company) describes the Airborne training in a much more realistic (not to say un-glorious) way than Ambrose ever did. He is an excellent observer, who seldom gives a funny anecdote - but IF he does, you have to be careful not to fall from the chair. Because of the circumstances in training, he never makes friends until he is put into Able Company in England and begins training for D-Day.
His experiences at and after D-Day don't take too much pages. Since he wrote his memoirs backwards (after the war), those memories were the most distant (and perhaps difficult) for him. What makes the book so special to read, is Burgetts view of things. It's like a completely straight ride with a camera, which catches something, but if it is out of its visual angles, it doesn't track this thing, but steadily rides forward.
The style of writing in chapter 3 (D-Day +) is sometimes a bit incoherently, but given the circumstances, understandable.
Great book!! Buy and enjoy it.


Acceptable Loss: An Infantry Soldier's Perspective
Acceptable Loss: An Infantry Soldier's Perspective
von Kregg P. Jorgenson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,54

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Well..., 4. November 2004
Allthough my predecessors seem to have only good things to say about "Acceptable Loss", i think otherwise. I had just finished the fantastic 4-Book-Memoirs of Donald Burgett (101st Airborne in WWII) and was eager to get to know more things about the War in Vietnam. I bought "Acceptable Loss" not because i wanted to know more about US-american politics, but about the fighting in a special force in Vietnam. The eyecatcher on the frontcover is "... he has one hell of a story to tell". There is a less detailed description of 6 or 7 missions, the rest is cocky talk about life in camp and around and his fellow soldiers.
Don't get me wrong, i really like the 'person' Jorgenson! He is an incredibly honest man, and seems to be one hell of a soldier. Wounded 4 times (nearly lost both his legs), silver and bronze star - that is (without sarcasm) a great accomplishment. What makes him even more likeable, is his down-to-earth-behaviour and unselfishness. Yet, the BOOK just doesn't reflect much of his knowledge and experience, i think. Heck, i learned more about the war from the PC-Game "Vietcong".
I can't recommend bying this book.


Citizen Soldiers: From The Normandy Beaches To The Surrender Of Germany
Citizen Soldiers: From The Normandy Beaches To The Surrender Of Germany
von stephen e. Ambrose
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,63

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The real war, 21. September 2004
I read "Band Of Brothers" a few months ago and even though i found it brilliant and much more insightful than the (likewise brilliant) TV Mini-Series, i wondered indeed if it lacked a little description on the real "ugly" sides of World War II. It seems, Steven E. Ambrose spared his experience on that topic for this book.
As contradictive as the title "Citizen Soldiers" seems to be, it is a leading theme in the book: Volunteering soldiers from a democracy against german soldiers in a dictatorship. Both sides come to word and Ambrose did an incredible job of putting interviews in a comprehensive order troughout the whole book, and still abstain to judge the actions of either. This is left to the reader and thus involves him even more.
Most of the time Ambrose gives insights into the life of (american and german) infantry soldiers and some anecdotes often brought me to laugh, depressed me and sometimes made me hold my breath. Where "Band Of Brothers" lacked reality - this book brings you right back into it. It infuriates you, when Ambrose analyzes the tactical decisions of the involved british and american generals and brings you to wonder, what physical and mental distress the general soldiers must have endured.
The included two-sided maps are terrific for a better understanding of the geography and military movements. The book also contains 46 pages of excellent photograpic material.
I can only recommend to read this book.


Book of Lost Tales 1 (The Histories of Middle-earth)
Book of Lost Tales 1 (The Histories of Middle-earth)
von J.R.R. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen For real fans, 22. März 2002
the following is only a very personal view, and perhaps doesn't agree with other opinions referring to the "History Of Middle Earth"
I thought it a good idea to buy more Works of Tolkien after The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I was a little bit suprised (and sad) since you won't find new or unknown stories, since the books give the reader more a (very) good idea HOW Tolkien CREATED the hole Middle-Earth idea.
His Son Christopher did a very good job, by collecting probably ALL pieces of paper he found, which had something to do with the story, and tried to order them in a time-line-based(that means, realtime, like 1930 in our time, and not in Middle-Earth-Counting) story
In the first 4 Books of "The History Of Middle Earth" (HOM) as probably in the Volumes 5-12 (which i didn't read yet) you can find a extraordinary large amount of unfinished manuscripts, starting and evolving narratives (in a very un-Tolikienish style; very easy to understand with much less referings and links than in the S) and so on. I would recommend those books only to readers, who are already very firm in understanding the complexity of the first three ages of ME, since you'll get sometimes 2 or 3 ways in which the story is telled and you've got to understand, when Tolien himself wrote those and which one finally was chosen for i.e. The Silmarillion (since the "HOM-works" where done by Tolkien till he started the LotR, and sleeped about 20 years i think) in the latest.
But you'll probably very much suprised, how Tolkien must have thought about all this, when he wrote those stories.
If you are interested in how the HOM was created, you'll get probably no better idea, than this work, but i buyed "only" the cheaper 6,99$(i think)-Version, since i don't have THAT much mony to get all 12 Volumes as Hardcover, and i wouldn't recommend the books for this price. Please don't crucified me for this =)
Viel Spass beim Lesen.


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