Thursday, 10 March 2011

A-Z #52: The Counterfeiters

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#52 - The Counterfeiters 

Why did I buy it?

Alas, I did not. It is Sarahs. The premise of Concentration Camps and False Cash sounded especially intriguing when first purchased. Additionally, the film won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars for 2007 and, interestingly, is a fictionalised account of an actual Nazi plan to flood Britain with fake notes in 1939.

Why do I still own it?

Again, I can't sell it because it is not mine to sell, but I doubt I would sell it even if it was. Too often international films get neglected and I think my film collection, though diverse, still has a huge divide between what is and is not "films in the English Language". I think this is my primary motive for keeping hold of it - to diversify my collection. There are many other German films in my collection - Nosferatu, Run Lola Run, Downfall to name a few - but, from what I recall, this is a film of exceptionally high-quality and, for all its faults, it is ultimately better than the vast majority of films released each year. Is it really that bad that I should not own a copy?
Also, the Nazi in Inglourious Basterds who works out that Fassbender is a spy appears in this film and he truly is a great actor: August Diehl (who looks exceptionally tired in his IMDB picture...)

Should I sell it though?
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  1. I really quite enjoyed this movie. It's a bit overlong but I thought it was compelling from start to finish with some solid performances.

  2. I really need to watch it again to clarify my stance. If anything, the fact that I haven't been too bothered about watching it again may say alot more than I let on...


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