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Die Päpstin
Die Päpstin
DVD ~ Johanna Wokalek
Preis: EUR 6,79

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vor Das Sakrileg (Da Vinci Code) gab es Die Päpstin, 25. Oktober 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Die Päpstin (DVD)
English below!

Bevor die Leute anfingen, die Verschwörungstheorien in Dan Browns Da Vinci Code zu debattieren, wurden die Flammen der katholischen Kontroverse durch Donna Woolfolk Cross Buch Die Päpstin entzündet. Päpstin Johanna war eine historische/mythische Frau, die sich als Mann verkleidete und ihr Leben als Papst beendete.

Das Buch wurde nun auf die Leinwand gebracht, und der Film folgt dem Buch sehr eng. Das Buch und der Film machen deutlich, warum eine Frau beschließt, sich als Mann zu verkleiden: viele Frauen wurden sehr schlecht behandelt; das Leben eines Mannes war zweifellos besser. Eine Frau, die einen Beruf erlernen oder studieren wollte, musste sich verkleiden, denn Ausbildung wurde fast immer verweigert.

Eine andere Kontroverse betrifft die verschiedenen Deutungen der Bibel. Die Bibel kann benutzt werden, um Frauen zu unterdrücken und ihnen Schmerzen zu verursachen, wie wir in die erste Szene sehen, wo Johanna geboren wird. Johannas Vater, ein echter Rohling, verbietet der Hebamme, seiner Frau Heilkräuter zu geben, um ihre Schmerzen zu erleichtern, während sie Johanna entbindet, und rechtfertigt seine Grausamkeit unter Verwendung von Versen aus der Bibel. Und doch ist Johanna später in der Lage, andere Verse der Bibel so zu deuten, dass sie Taten der Gnade rechtfertigen.

Der Film zeigt das Leben im 9. Jahrhundert, wie ich es mir vorstelle: kalt, schmutzig und unbequem, mit Barbaren, die jederzeit die Tore stürmen können, um zu plündern und zu töten. Besonders gut war auch die Darstellung von Rom, in der große Teile der Stadt verfallen sind - heruntergekommen seit den Zeiten des Ruhmes - und andere Abschnitte noch voll mit poliertem Marmor sind.

Eine Frage: Wurde der Film auf Englisch oder auf Deutsch oder möglicherweise in beiden Sprachen gefilmt? Ich kann nicht glauben, dass John Goodman Deutsch gesprochen hat, also nehme ich an, er muss Englisch gesprochen haben.

Und für die, die kleine Leckerbissen mögen:

Nicholas Woodeson, der den schlauen Sklaven von Julius Caesar in HBOs Rom spielt, ist immer noch in Rom zu finden, dieses Mal neun Jahrhunderte später.

Es gibt auch einen Hinweis am Ende über andere geheime Schwestern - und in meiner Zählung gab es mindestens drei Frauen, welche die Rollen von Männern im Film spielten (vielleicht gibt es mehr).


Before people took to debating the conspiracy theories in Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the flames of Catholic controversy were ignited by Donna Woolfolk Cross's book, Pope Joan, about the historical/mythical woman who disguised herself as a man and ended up as pope.

The book has finally made it to the big screen, and the movie follows the book closely. Both book and movie make it clear why a woman would choose to disguise herself as a man: many women were treated wretchedly; a man's life was certainly better. Any woman who wished to learn or study needed to disguise herself, for education was nearly always denied to women.

Another controversy concerns the different interpretations of the Bible. The Bible can be used to put women down, and to cause them pain, as we see in the first scene, when Joan is being born. Joan's father, a real brute, won't allow the midwife to give his laboring wife any herbs to ease her pain while she is giving birth to Joan, and justifies his cruelty using verses in the Bible. And yet Joan, later, is able to interpret other verses of the Bible to justify acts of mercy.

The movie captures what I imagine what life to have been like in the ninth century: cold and dirty and uncomfortable, with barbarians ready to storm the gate and to pillage and kill. The setting of Rome, too, was especially good, with great sections being dilapidated - fallen from the times of glory - and other sections still full of polished marble.

I'm confused about one thing: Was it filmed in English or in German or perhaps both? I can't imagine John Goodman speaking in German so I assume that he must have been speaking in English.

And, for those who like small tidbits:

Nicholas Woodeson, who played Posca, the cunning slave of Julius Caesar, in HBO's Rome, is still acting in Rome, this time nine centuries later, still serving those in power.

There is a reference at the end about other secret sisters - and, in my count, there are at least three women playing the roles of men in the movie (perhaps there are more).
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
von J.K. Rowling
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Mostly good, a little not so good, & a question..., 23. Juli 2000
First, let me say I enjoyed this book tremendously. And I'm thrilled that Rowling is allowing her characters to actually grow up. The Yule Ball and the way the characters all act is true to form -- I could feel Harry's teenage terror as he tried to ask out a girl. Let me also say that I appreciate the darker side of the book. There is evil in the world; it does do real and permanent harm; and the death of a character who can not come back underlines this.
It was also good to get explanations. Unlike Harry, I had been wondering what happened to Neville's parents, and I had been wondering, with all the evil surrounding him, how he could be safe at the Dursleys. It was also great to see that Dudley is on a diet at last...
However, I felt that the plot was a bit contrived. Why would Lord Voldemort use such a complicated scheme to get Harry? When there could have been such simpler and more reliable ways to get him to use a portkey? Rowling could have explained this by making the magic of the championship somehow integral to Lord Voldemort's approach; however, she did not, and I, like another reviewer, was rather baffled by this turn.
Let me say that I am also looking forward to book number five, when it comes out. I also have a question -- who else out there thinks Lord Voldemort could turn out to be Harry Potter's grandfather? The father of James Potter? After all, we learned in book two that they have the same type of hair ... or perhaps a great-uncle, or something similar... This would be a sort of Star Wars approach but it would also explain why the hat was so tempted to put him into Slytherin.

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, Band 1)
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, Band 1)
von Kim Stanley Robinson
Preis: EUR 6,99

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Why Should We Care?, 27. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, Band 1) (Taschenbuch)
The geology and some of the descriptions are great. But beyond that, KSR fails to give what I would consider a "satisfying reader experience." The characters are all pointed in one direction or another, and none of them ever seem to learn anything, to grow in any way. None of them ever seem to touch one another (although some of them get resigned to this state, it would be better to make contact). Nor do they touch the reader. I expected Chalmers to show some remorse for the murder, or for his friends to be horrified by his deed -- although perhaps I missed it, as admittedly my eyes were fairly glazed over during part of the experience.
The revolution is described as "all revolutions" and is as empty as any of the characters. Finally, some of the first hundred find refuge -- so they can start their meaningless journey again, I suppose. Maybe now they will have learned to get along with each other.
Finally, KSR's views on politics and economics -- so one-sided! He makes a few good points, but because of the heavy-handedness and lack of objectivity I soon became irritated rather than persuaded.
KSR had the potential for a good story. The background was interesting, his research evident. But, even if you want to show chaos in humanity and the lack of people to reach each other, you should not write a book where the motives are so chaotic and you fail to touch the reader. I can't believe this book won awards.

Airframe (Roman)
Airframe (Roman)
von Michael Crichton

4.0 von 5 Sternen Misleading Blurbs, 18. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Airframe (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
The blurbs on the back of the book jackets are misleading. Although I found this book to be interesting and reasonably suspenseful, it is not about corruption and bad practices or even danger in the airplane industry (which comes off very well in the story) but about problems in the media. I believe that is what the title is about, too -- that they take an incident and completely reinterpret, re-framing it using little more than hot air.

Numbered Account
Numbered Account
von Christopher Reich
Preis: EUR 7,99

2.0 von 5 Sternen Some good, lots of bad, 9. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Numbered Account (Taschenbuch)
There were some good things about this book -- the detail about the Swiss finance, and some of the scenes in Zurich. And the plot had some good points as well. But Reich was never to make me care about the protagonist. Why should we care for him? When has he ever done anything good to make me care about him? What are his strengths, what are his weaknesses? The Harvard MBA is so one-dimensional (wouldn't it be nice, for a change, to have a charcter who didn't go to Harvard -- say Stanford, Chicagom or Wharton, to name a few). For example, he breaks up with his fiancee -- and then she takes him back, and he's returning to her. There should have been some heart to this. Didn't he have any guilt about sleeping with Silvia Schon? This flaw is demonstrative of the core problem with the book -- too much detail, too many intricate plots, without concern for how people think and feel. And -- it was too long. Not just that there were too many subplots, etc., but Reich needs to have a better sense about the length of book that is emotionally satisfying to a reader. Some books can be longer, because characters grow, or because they take over a long period of time. But a suspense type of book, based on plot instead of character, especially one that takes place over a short period of time, simply needs to be shorter. Also, speaking of time: the technique of Friday, or whatever, on top of the chapters, should have been more specific. An actual time of day should have been given. And -- minor point -- how could he be returning to the States only the day after the end of the main events? It's hard to believe that the Swiss authorities wouldn't want him to hang around -- wouldn't demand that he hang around. The implication was that he was leaving for good, too -- and leaving a country, moving, requires a little more effort.

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