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Kurt Hoffmann (The Confessions of Felix Krull) directed this 1958 satire about Germany under the Third Reich and in the flush of its postwar economic recovery. Based on a novel by Hugo Hartung, the story follows an academic turned journalist (Hansjoerg Felmy) as he witnesses the rise of Nazism, endures the war years, and triumphs as a crusading columnist in the 1950s. Now and then he crosses paths with a coarse and devious opportunist (Robert Graf) who succeeds grandly in both brown shirt and pinstripes. Hoffmann breaks occasionally from the sardonic humor by giving the journalist two romantic interests, each offered as a cause for hope, and he distances us from the past by having much of the film projected on a screen with Brechtian commentary from two musicians scoring it. Perhaps because of this device, the cabaret-style sarcasm doesn't seem at all dated. In German with subtitles. 108 min.

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