Cross of Iron

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Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.

Bertold Brecht

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  1. I need to see this. Never seen a Sam Peckinpah film. Really need to, especially his westerns.

    • You should. This one is ok, but not his best.

      Wild bunch is one of my all-time favourites, and “bring me the head of alfredo garcia” is up there, though it’s been a really long time.

  2. The Germans just seem to love their really, awesomely, massively depressing movies. I swear, Wings of Desire is like the most uplifting German film I’ve seen, and that one has an angel who gives up heaven for a chance to experience the sensation of a warm cup of coffee.

  3. Berthold Brecht is one of my absolute favourites.

  4. @WistfulD: Oh yeah?

    Then how about you try some movies that aren’t well known in countries outside of Germany.

    Lola rennt
    Good Bye Lenin!
    Der Schuh des Manitu
    Das Experiment
    Any movie by the magnificent Werner Herzog

    Of course there are a bazillion more, but since I don’t know what you consider depressing or not, I’ll list only these. Some consider Finding Nemo depressing.

    • Lola rennt (run lola run) is depressing and really famous outside germany (when it came out anyway.

      Herzog is also super-famous with a certain kind of person and he has the most depressing movies ever. Strozsek (or however it’s spelled the one where the retard, the old man and the hooker move to the midwest) is probably the most depressing movie of all time.

  5. @nyokki. Good one. That pretty much sums up Peckinpah’s later stuff. Wild Bunch, C of I, etc… He was the bloodiest director of his day. Almost G rated though compared to what they are putting out now.

  6. @Alte: ‘Zactly. The first movie I remember seeing was Straw Dogs, extremely disturbing movie. I was expecting blood everywhere (he had quite a rep by then) and thought “THIS is what they were talking about? What’s the big deal?” I was young and didn’t realize just how disturbing it was til I watched again, later on. Come to think of it, I had the same reaction to the first movie I ever saw by Nicolas Roeg, Walkabout.

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