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Going non-traditional

15 Jul

This is about the movie “My Happy Family”.


Peter and I watch quite regularly ‘Der Tag’, that is a program on the Deutsche Welle (DW). Today film director Simon Groß was interviewed on that program. Simon pointed out that he made the above movie together with his wife and that to have a close working relationship with your wife may cause some problems.

In the  movie,. the middle aged school-teacher,  who  lives with her husband in an extended very large family, decides she has to move out and live on her own because ‘she cannot breathe”.

This movie is set in Georgia, ” where the language has a special lilt, and where any festive gathering means people will sing, in a rich, resonant chorus. . . .”

Here is a bit more of what it says in one of the reviews to the movie:

“Manana and Soso live with her family, which she’s sick of (and we can see why). They consist of her querulous and bossy mother (Berta Khapava), her brother, her grandfather, her husband, son Lasha (Giorgi Tabidze) and daughter Nino (Tsisia Qumsashvili) and daughter’s husband, augmented on occasion by aunts, uncles and other relatives, as needed. The big squabbles concern Manana’s decision to move into a cheap apartment on her own, leaving her husband and all the rest, but the squabbles themselves show us why Manana would want to take this liberating step. It’s not that she can’t get along with her husband. She can’t breathe.

Her departure is against the wishes of everyone over 25. But it’s a foregone conclusion we’re aware of from the first scene, when she views a sunny if shabby flat in an unfashionable but quiet neighborhood. The price is right, and the decision is made. The objections confirm its validity. But will Manana stay with this decision? Will the tomatoes she plants on the balcony bear fruit? Stay tuned – though the film ends with a question mark, as it should. The conflicts here depicted between traditional and nuclear families, couples and independence, aren’t easily resolved. . . . .”

I am intrigued by the questions that come up because of the movie’s ending. Who knows the answers to all these questions:

Is it better to live in a traditional or in a nuclear family?

Is it better if couples live together or is there some benefit to a couple’s relationship if they each have their own place?

What makes for happy families?



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“What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty

18 Jun

I, Uta, have already read the book and agree, that it is “infectiously good” and that this novel may be in my head months after I have finished reading it. So I am here  going to copy what was published last year in the Huffington Post about this book “What Alice Forgot” by Australian author Liane Moriarty. This copied review was written by Julia Naughton. While reading this book, I thought all the time that it is very suitable for being made into a movie. I hope, I’ll soon have a chance to see the movie.

Here now is the copy taken from the above link:

“You mean, you haven’t read the book?!”

09/06/2016 11:37 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST

​The anticipation of waiting for the film release of a book you cherish can sometimes be too much.

What if they cast the protagonist with an actor you hate? Or worse, they change the ending?

Blame it on the two-hour time limit or the soulless pursuit of box office cred, changing the plot happens all the time and sometimes, it’s really not fair.

The good news? These books are not only qualified to be on your cherished list, but you’ll only have to wait a few months for the movie, one year at most.

Sadly, we can’t vouch for how true they’ll stay to the book, but as far as we can tell, the actors already confirmed get our tick of approval.

What Alice Forgot

Amy Einhorn Books

By Liane Moriarty

Movie release: 2017

Imagine if you woke up one day only to realise you’d lost a big chunk of your memory from the past decade? Set in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot centres around Alice, whose last memory was being pregnant with her first child and completely head over heels in love with her husband, Nick. Now, years later Nick looks at her with disdain, she’s lost contact with her sister (who is going through her own infertility struggles) and is lost as to where it all went wrong. With hopeful vulnerability, Alice, who is living in the mind of her 29-year-old self surprises her husband, kids and later, even herself as she desperately tries to salvage her marriage. Infectiously good, this novel will be in your head months after you’ve finished it.


Eggs Benedict

8 Jun

We shared a serving of Eggs Benedict with spinach leaves. They were as bit like the recipe in the above link. but the leaves were not  sauteed, which is all right by me. The hollandaise sauce that went with the poached eggs was just perfect, simply delicious!

We had also some flat white coffee, very good Campos coffee.




We thought to go to the Campos Cafe for Brunch in the Warrawong Shopping Centre was a good choice. We had left out car for service at the K-Mart Service Centre. This was at 9 o’clock in the morning. We thought we would use the time while the car was being serviced to go to the GALA Cinema. The movie we wanted to see was to start at 10 o’clock. That gave us one hour to have a bit of a bite before the movie started. The movie was “The Zookeeper’s Wife”.

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)
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Thomas Freudenthal Sound Department
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Felix Roggel … sound designer
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Another Trailer of Bridge of Spies

14 Nov

It’s been three years since a Steven Spielberg film last graced the silver screen, and, dagnabbit, our long wait is nearly over. The legendary filmmaker is reuniting with Tom Hanks for the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. The political films of Spielberg, in my ever-so humble opinion, are a mixed bag — Lincoln was well-acted but felt too procedural and Munich‘s tension was sometimes undercut by some heavy-handed choices — but I’m still amped up for the Cold War paranoia that Bridge of Spies is teasing, and we have two new clips from the film that focus on Hanks’ character James Donovan and the moral quandary of having to defend an accused Soviet spy in open court. There’s also an ace in the hole for Bridge of Spies, and that’s the fact that the screenplay is co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, alongside Matt Charman. Think about that for a second — the Coen Brothers and Spielberg working together on the same movie. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Co-starring with Hanks in Bridge of Spies is Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda. The film opens in theaters on October 16th. Be looking over your shoulder when you enter the theater because you don’t know who’s watching you watch Bridge of Spies.

American Justice

Free a Traitor

The official synopsis for Bridge of Spies:

In the 1950s during the early stages of the Cold War, tensions are rife between the U.S. and USSR, so when the FBI arrests Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a Soviet agent living in New York, the fear and paranoia only escalate. Charged with sending coded messages back to Russia, Abel is questioned by the FBI but refuses to cooperate, declining their offer to turn on his country, and is detained in federal prison pending trial.

The government, in need of an independent attorney to take on Abel’s defense, approaches James Donovan (Tom Hanks), an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn. But Donovan, a former prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and highly regarded within the legal community for his profound skills as a negotiator, has little experience with allegations of this magnitude and isn’t eager to get involved. Advocating such a deeply unpopular defense would make him a public figure and could subject his family to scrutiny, disdain and even, potentially, danger.

Bridge of Spies

10 Nov

Today we saw this movie by Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks.

Summary in Google:

“During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.”

In Wikipedia is explained why the Glienicke Bridge is called the Bridge of Spies:

“Because the Glienicke Bridge was a restricted border crossing between the Eastern Bloc (namely Potsdam in East Germany) and territory affiliated with the Western powers (namely the American sector of West Berlin), the Americans and Soviets used it for the exchange of captured spies during the Cold War. Reporters began calling it the “Bridge of Spies.”
The first prisoner exchange took place on 10 February 1962. The Americans released Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel in exchange for American spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers captured by the USSR following the U-2 Crisis of 1960.
The next swap took place on April 1964, when Konon Molody was exchanged for Greville Wynne.
On 12 June 1985, there was a swap of 23 American agents held in Eastern Europe for Polish agent Marian Zacharski and another three Soviet agents arrested in the West. The exchange culminated after three years of negotiation.
The final exchange was also the most public. On 11 February 1986 the human rights campaigner (refusenik) and political prisoner Anatoly Shcharansky (now known as Natan Sharansky) and three Western agents were exchanged for Karl Koecher and four other Eastern agents.”

The above movie refers only to the first prisoner exchange. Spielberg’s movie eerily brings back to me what it was like to live during the “Cold War”. These Cold War years seem to be very much in the past. However, I think it is of great value to relive a bit what they were like. As far as I know there’s no talk right now that we have cold war years again. I wonder, what sort of war is going on instead?
With so many refugees all over the world we cannot honestly say that we live in times of peace, can we?

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.

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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

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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)

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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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Herbert Gaspari
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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.