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December 14, 2006



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Tggposter Steven Soderbergh adapts Joseph Kanon's novel in black-and-white with generous amounts of stock footage and period-accurate filmmaking techniques that support his homage to the film noir tradition of movies like "Casablanca."

Cate Blanchett plays Lena Brandt, a German prostitute surviving the dog days of post WWII Berlin in 1945.

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There's much more to Lena's character than meets the eye. Before the war corrupted her, Lena was in love with Jake Geismer (George Clooney) an American journalist who ran a news bureau in Berlin, and whom Lena now encounters while Allied leaders meet to decide how to loot Europe in the wake of Germany's defeat.

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Lena is a woman of many secrets, and Blanchett carries the film with her guarded sense of dignity, purpose and deception.

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A beautifully flawed experiment, "The Good German" is an entertaining if unbalanced war drama that places modern cinema mores on a classic style of American film when the Hayes code would never have allowed such overt sexual reality.

Rated R. 105 mins.

3 Stars

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