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The Good German

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Melinda Sue Gordon

The Good German

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/15/06
Wide Release Date:
01/19/07
performer:
Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Beau Bridges, Tobey Maguire
director:
Steven Soderbergh
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
Paul Attanasio
genre:
Drama, Romance

We gave it a B-

When a reporter (George Clooney) reconnects with a beautiful fräulein (Cate Blanchett) in postwar Berlin, murder, black-market intrigue, and bitter love triangles unapologetically evoke Casablanca in The Good German. Steven Soderbergh’s murky shadows and washed-out whites work better at home, flickering on the small screen like an old Late Late Movie, but his determined homage to 1940s Hollywood flirts with gimmickry. Only Blanchett feels authentically film noir, as her sly eyes transform the fair-skinned actress into an alluringly dark siren. EXTRAS None. B-