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George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

12 Mar

The following is a copy of one of my blogs from October 2014. You can find the blog with the above title here:

I still did not finish reading the whole novel on ‘kindle’. Today I thought about it that we once watched a film version of the book. I wanted to see, whether wikipedia said something about the movie. I did find quite a bit about different movie versions. I also found the following entry about the book in wikipedia.

Here is a bit of what it says on the above page of wikipedia:

Almost all of the information about the world beyond London is given to the reader through government or Party sources, which by the very premise of the novel are unreliable. Specifically, in one episode Julia brings up the idea that the war is fictional and that the rocket bombs falling from time to time on London are fired by the government of Oceania itself, in order to maintain the war atmosphere among the population (better known as a false flag operation). The protagonists have no means of proving or disproving this theory. However, during preparations for Hate Week, rocket bombs fell at an increasing rate, hitting places such as playgrounds and crowded theatres, causing mass casualties and increased hysteria and hatred for the party’s enemies. War is also a convenient pretext for maintaining a huge military–industrial complex in which the state is committed to developing and acquiring large and expensive weapons systems which almost immediately become obsolete and require replacement.
Because of this ambiguity, it is entirely possible that the geopolitical situation described in Goldstein’s book is entirely fictitious; perhaps The Party controls the whole world, or perhaps its power is limited to just Great Britain as a lone and desperate rogue nation using fanaticism and hatred of the outside world to compensate for political impotence. It’s also possible that a genuine resistance movement exists, or that Oceania is indeed under attack by outside forces.”

I say all this sounds pretty ambiguous. But what I remember about the novel and the film and what I’ve re-read this far this is the sort of picture I do get from this novel. All in all some pretty scary ideas about an imagined world. Sometimes these things do sound a little bit too true for comfort!

With the following link you can find a piece about what our Orwellian destiny might b e written in the AIM Network by By Ad astra:

Twenty Twenty-Four – our Orwellian destiny?


The End Is My Beginning

14 Feb

Terzani recounts his life in

The End Is My Beginning

by Vittoria Scarpa


A man on his deathbed recounts his life and experiences to his son in what should be a film teeming with flashbacks, seeing as how the man is Tiziano Terzani and the theatre of his adventures are Vietnam and its devastating war, Mao’s China, Ghandi’s India and the Himalayas.

Instead, The End Is My Beginning [+], an adaptation of the bestseller by the great Italian writer and journalist, directed by Jo Baier, is a long dialogue between father and son, noteworthy performances from the leads (Bruno Ganz and Elio Germano), a theatrical film shot in one setting: Terzani’s real house in Tuscany, where he spent his last days among the pristine countryside and mountains, talking to his son Folco about life, disease and death.

Adapted for the big screen by Folco Terzani and the film’s German producer, Ulrich Limmer, the memories of the unforgettable Asian correspondent for Der Spiegel and Corriere della Sera, who passed away in 2004, are presented directly and simply: “We wondered whether or not to use flashbacks,” said Limmer, “but then decided to show something increasingly more rare: one man speaking, and another listening”.

The choice was a decidedly courageous one, and it paid off thanks to the intensity of the cast, the quality of the dialogue, and viewers’ awareness that they are watching an authentic and in some way illuminating adventure. “More than a film, it’s a unique experience,” said Germano, who to portray Folco spent two months at the Terzani’s house “in contact with the stars, mountains and wind, and collecting chestnuts”.

The challenge pays off also thanks to the total lack of melodrama. Everything is measured, restrained, like Germano’s emotions. Though his gazes and silences, the actor expresses the undeniable conflict of a son towards a larger-than-life father, as well as his curiosity and the desire to understand his parent.

Produced by Collina Film Production and B.A. Production in collaboration with Beta Film and RAI Cinema, The End Is My Beginning is released in Italy on April I by Fandango on 60 screens, after having garnered 230,000 admissions in Germany.

(Translated from Italian)

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“Good vs Evil”

22 Oct

Reducing Foreign Policy to Good vs Evil

Last year in March Dr. Stuart Bramhall published a Film Review by Adam Curtis (BBC).

At the moment I was mostly interest in what it said about Good vs Evil. I copy it here:

“Reducing Foreign Policy to Good vs Evil

Like Ronald Reagan, George W Bush attempted to reduce the US role in Afghanistan to a simple battle of good vs evil. The political reality was far more complex. US and Saudi intervention during the Soviet occupation brought corrupt warlords to power who supported their fiefdoms through Afghanistan’s heroin trade.

The Taliban, consisting mainly of Afghan orphans raised in Pakistani Madrassa, were primarily driven by a desire to end the heroin trade and this endemic corruption, which they (rightly) blamed on the interference of western imperialists in their country’s domestic affairs.”

A simple battle of good vs evil? Certainly not. I think it still has not become clear to us what is at spiel. It still is not simple, on the contrary, it seems to become more and more complicated. See here:

Brexit,Trump, Syria and the Fabricated War on Terror

I reblogged the avove!

Qantas Flight Singapore to Sydney

10 Jul

There were Touch Screens on the last leg of our flight back home to Sydney.  For instance I very much enjoyed the Louis Armstrong music.


I listened to the whole tape twice in a row, even though there was plenty of other music available that I could have listened to.


Also,  bottles of water were frequently passed around for whoever wanted them. We did fly right through the night till we arrived in Sydney at 6 am. Some people slept most of the time, but others had their screens turned on in front of them. I very much liked these easy to handle touch screens. I ended up getting very interested  into an American TV series called ‘The 100’ and copy here some information about it from Wikipedia.

“From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The 100 (pronounced The Hundred is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series that premiered on March 19, 2014. The series, developed by Jason Rothenberg, is loosely based on a book of the same name, the first in a trilogy by Kass Morgan.”

I do find the plot very interesting. Here I copy again from encyclopedia something about the plot:

“The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear apocalypse wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only known survivors lived on 12 space stations in Earth’s orbit prior to the apocalyptic event. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station named “The Ark”, where about 2,400 people live under the leadership of Chancellor Jaha.[1] Resources are scarce, so all crimes – regardless of their nature or severity – are punishable by ejection into space (“floating”) unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age. After the Ark’s life-support systems are found to be critically failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are declared “expendable” and sent to the surface – near former Washington, D.C.[7] – in a last ditch attempt to determine whether Earth is habitable again, in a program called “The 100”. The teens arrive on a seemingly pristine planet they have only seen from space. They attempt to find refuge and supplies at an old military installation, Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, they land some distance from the intended target and soon face other problems. Confronting both the wonders and the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. They soon discover that not all humanity was wiped out – some survived the war: the grounders who live in clans locked in a permanent power struggle, another group of grounders who have become cannibals are known as Reapers, and Mountain Men, who live in Mount Weather, who locked themselves away before the apocalypse and are killed by the residual radiation outside.
In the second season, the remaining 48 of the 100 are taken to Mount Weather, where they discover a community of survivors. It is eventually revealed that the medical staff are extracting bone marrow from the 100 and the grounders so they will finally be able to survive on the outside. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of the Ark have successfully crash-landed various stations on Earth and begun an alliance with the grounders to save groups of people, naming the main settlement at Alpha Station “Camp Jaha”.”

Ein Grosser Aufbruch (German TV Movie)

18 Nov

Peter and I have just been watching the above movie. It was available online.
I found the dialogue in this movie excellent. It reminded very much of a play.
It deals with the issue of whether someone, who has a terminal illness, may be in a position
to decide whether to take his own life, and what is involved when he comes to this decision.

The following is written by anonymous:

After a full life whose end he wants to determine himself, patriarch Holm Hardenberg invites his family and close associates to his picturesque country house on the Chiemsee lake in Bavaria in order to take his leave. Here, Hardenberg’s daughters Marie and Charlotte, his ex-wife Ella and his best friends Adrian and Katharina meet. But the original idea of a harmonious concourse turns into a ruthless settling of scores.
– Written by anonymous

Ein großer Aufbruch (2015 TV Movie)
Full Cast & Crew
Directed by
Matti Geschonneck Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)
Magnus Vattrodt Cast (in credits order)
Matthias Habich Matthias Habich …
Holm Hardenberg
Ina Weisse Ina Weisse …
Hannelore Elsner Hannelore Elsner …
Katharina Lorenz Katharina Lorenz …
Edgar Selge Edgar Selge …
Ulrike Kriener Ulrike Kriener …
Matthias Brandt Matthias Brandt
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Produced by
Wolfgang Cimera … producer
Silke Schulze-Erdel … producer Music by
Marco Meister
Robert Meister Cinematography by
Martin Langer Film Editing by
Eva Schnare Production Design by
Thomas Freudenthal Sound Department
Richard Borowski … sound re-recording mixer
Felix Roggel … sound designer
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Mädchen für alles – Gofer

4 Nov

We’ve just been watching this movie from 1937. The actress, Grethe Weiser, reminded me a lot of Australian actress  – Jacki Weaver. Peter and I, we both thought this old movie was a very well made, pleasant comedy. It was very interesting for us to see fashions from that area, as well as the way middle class people lived during this time. A lot of what I saw in this movie looked very familiar to me since I grew up in Berlin during this time.

Published on May 18, 2012 by youtube (for URL look in comments, please)

Fröhliche Filmkomödie mit zahlreichen Verwicklungen, in der es die “Kodderschnauze” darauf anlegt, sich einen attraktiven Flieger anzulachen, obschon sie nur ein armes Zimmermädchen ist.

Grethe Weiser, born Mathilde Ella Dorothea Margarethe Nowka (* 27. February 1903 inHannover;2. October 1970 in Bad Tolz), was a German stage and film actress.

Life [Edit]

Grethe Weiser, appearance in the Berlin Conservatory (1932)

Grethe Weiser as waxwork inPanopticon Mannheim.

The grave of Grethe Weiser and her husband Dr. Hermann Schwerin in the cemetery Heerstraße in Berlin (2006)

Youth [Edit]

The daughter of a construction entrepreneur grew in Klotzsche and Dresden on. She attended the girls’ secondary school and the Friedel private school in Blasewitz.

At age 17, she married the confectionery wholesalers and -Fabrikanten Josef Weiser. The couple first lived in Dresden; In 1922 their son was born. After her husband the cabaret -Theater “Charlott” on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin had leased, Grethe Weiser graduated there first appearances as Diseuse.

A short time later broke the marriage, but it was only divorced 1934th Grethe Weiser was now placed as a single mother to be, she took singing – and acting lessons and graduated from appearances as a soubrette and comedienne in numerous cabarets, revues and operettas. From 1928 to 1930 she was at the Volksbühne active in Berlin, then stepped in several Berlin cabarets,as well as chanson singer on. Self she had, for example, at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg or at Komödienhaus in Dresden.

The actress [edit]

Grethe Weiser made ​​her film debut in 1927 nor the silent era as unnamed Supporting Actress.As a film actress she appeared regularly from 1932. She was very much in demand in important supporting roles as “quick-witted maid on duty”, for example in Escapade (1936). At the same time she had a successful singer hits with songs like “The Vamp” or “Emil’s hands”.

The final breakthrough came in 1937 with Erich Waschnecks film Divine Jette. Weiser shines therein as a young singer, who viewed with a healthy self-confidence and Berlin Kodderschnauzeclaims and ascends to the celebrated star.

After that, they played almost only supporting roles in films of all genres, in which they, however, was able to show the entire repertoire of her comic talent, so among other things, Rolf Hansenthe love (1942), in Helmut Käutner We make music (1942), in Carl Froelich Familie Buchholz(1944) or in Georg Jacoby The woman of my dreams (1944).

Pressures, the board of the Ministry of Arts and thus the NSDAP join, they successfully resisted.

Postwar [edit]

In post-war film Grethe Weiser was soon joined and played in numerous entertainment films with, often as a prevailing widow resolute aunt or mother dreaded. Her trademark was to continue: Heart with snout. She was seen in Hans Deppe’s holiday from I (1952) – as recreation vulnerable stage star Käthe Greiser -. My children and I (1955), Lemke sel Widow (1957) or How to Marry a husband (1959) and appeared in a total of more than 100 films. Among her few appearances atradio comedy part you can tell me a lot with Heinz Rühmann and Elfriede Kuzmany of 1949 by director Ulrich Erfurth.

Since 1934, she was with the Ufa -Produktionschef Hermann Schwerin romantically involved, but whom she married after 24 years on March 21, 1958th

In 1949 she played under the direction of her friend Ida Ehre in Hamburg for the first time on stage, the role of Mary Miller in the comedy The odd one of Irma and Walter Firner which became her signature role. She played this role every ten years and called it therefore jokingly “my Oberammergau Passion Play”. Also on stage they had in 1953 success as Mother Wolff inGerhart Hauptmann’s classic caper comedy The Beaver Coat. In 1966 she ventured into the German premiere of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Meteor at the Thalia Theater Hamburg as a dying woman toilet Nomsen the excursion to the serious character roles. In this role she beat unusually quiet, to serious and angry tones. This excursion into serious specialist remained the exception in her long career as a popular actress.

Heitere plays found in the later 1960s and the way to television. The ZDF transferred numerous pieces with Grethe Weiser. One of the most successful pieces, which is repeated until today occasionally on the cultural theme channels ZDF, was no corpse without Lily, the German adaptation of the criminal grotesque Busybody the British playwright Jack Popplewell.

1969 began preparations for a new edition of The Cuckoo’s Egg, which was also broadcast on ZDF time. The trade to the six-car filming TV series Theatre dressing room after screenplays byHorst Pillau preceded. Weiser played in a resolute dresser, which acts as a good spirit, the actor behind the scenes and for every situation a suitable Council on the lips.

Grethe Weiser died as a result of a traffic accident in which died and her husband. It was under the name of Grethe Weiser-Schwerin next to her husband at the cemetery Heerstraße in Berlin-Westend in an honorary grave buried the city of Berlin in the box 18-L-228 / 229th

Awards [edit]

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by

Carl Boese

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Hans Adler (play “Maedchen fuer alles”)
Bobby E. Lüthge (as B.E. Lüthge)

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification

Grethe Weiser Grethe Weiser
Ralph Arthur Roberts Ralph Arthur Roberts
Dr. Fürgartner
Heinz Salfner Heinz Salfner
Ellen Frank Ellen Frank
Lissy Fürgartner
Frank Zimmermann Frank Zimmermann
Herbert Gaspari
Rudolf Platte Rudolf Platte
Lotte Rausch Lotte Rausch
Marie, Köchin
Irmgard Novac Irmgard Novac
Käte (as Irmgard Novak)
Gerti Ober Gerti Ober
Franz von Bokay Franz von Bokay
Michael von Newlinsky Michael von Newlinsky
Hotel-Geschäftsführer (as Michael von Newlinski)
Hansjakob Gröblinghoff Hansjakob Gröblinghoff
Claire Glib Claire Glib
Dame an der Bar
Livia Stolp Livia Stolp
Charly Berger Charly Berger
Karl Jüstel Karl Jüstel
Jutta Jol Jutta Jol
Hans Schneider Hans Schneider
Anton, Diener
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Lissy Fürgartner
Herbert Gaspari
Marie, Köchin
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Music by

Michael Jary

Cinematography by

Carl Drews

Film Editing by

Martha Dübber

Art Direction by

Karlheinz Böhm
Erich Czerwonski

Production Management

Conrad Flockner unit manager
Paul Goergens unit manager
Bruno Lopinski production manager

Sound Department

Carl Erich Kroschke sound (as Carl-Erich Kroschke)

Camera and Electrical Department

Erich Tannigel still photographer

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The chambermaid did it

Author: Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands
7 August 2004

Why do we love comedies starring scrupulous liars out to gain a lover (or a fortune) by taking advantage of others? Presumably because deep down we all would like to be that inventively naughty and still come out on top. Or maybe it’s just that everybody wants to be loved (or rich). Chambermaid Hanni works for Dr. Fuergartner and his wife Lissy, and is taking full advantage of residing in their big fancy house (twice a week she has her piano lesions there). She also knows the Fuergartners are friends with Herbert Gaspari, a famous flyboy she fancies, and has been corresponding with him under the assumed name of Isabella. Unbeknown to her, Lissy Fuergartner is planning to marry off the pilot to her sister.

When ‘Isabella’ (wearing one of Lissy’s dresses) finally meets her Herbert at a bar, Herr Doktor accidentally arrives on the scene and blows her cover. The pilot does not seem to mind, but Frau Fuergartner, mistakingly believing her husband and the maid are having an affair, has Hanni fired immediately. Still, her husband needs the girl to stay close to Mr. King, a man he has to impress at any cost (most comedies have a character like this, too). Dirty old King is about to divorce his forth wife and fancies Hanni as the next one. So everyone reunites at a big dinner party (one of the few signs that this was based on a play). Hanni, now engaged to King (which does not seem to matter to the pilot either), is now trying to hook the old man up with her not so refined best friend. Since both of them are dressed up in Mrs Fuergartner’s fine clothes, the Mrs. winds up playing the maid.

Last Cab to Darwin

22 Aug


This is a trailer to a movie we saw last Monday in Melbourne. Last Cab to Darwin is a very well made Australian movie. The cast was excellent and the road pictures were wonderful.

We saw the movie in this cinema:


We had time for coffee and cake before the movie started at 10am or thereabouts.



This is part of the roof above the big hall where we sat and relaxed having our coffee.

This is part of the roof above the big hall where we sat and relaxed having our coffee and cake.





I got the following from here:

Last Cab To Darwin M

Coarse language and mature themes
Rex is a loner, and when he’s told he doesn’t have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you’ve got to share it.

RELEASE DATE:06/08/2015



DIRECTOR:Jeremy Sims

CAST:Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton & Mark Coles Smith


Apparently this movie was a stage play before it was made into a movie.  I got the following from Wikipedia:

Last Cab to Darwin is a 2003 Australian drama/comedy stage play written by Reg Cribb and based upon the true story of taxi driver Max Bell who was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in the early 1990s. Wikipedia