Thursday, November 04, 2010
"John Rabe": unlikely allies in 1937 Nanking China
Only gradually in the film does Rabe have to come to terms with the significance of Nazi ideology and Hitler’s plans, as one companion, related to Beethoven, talks about discrimination because of his partially Jewish background.
The film, in 2.35:1, is striking in the big scale attack scenes and has much black and white footage from 1937 of the original siege.
The film cost $20 million to make, and is distributed in the US by Strand Releasing, generally known for its LGBT films, but it also distributes other films likely to have an “unpopular” social or political context. The DVD also shows the 20th Century Fox banner, which distributes the DVD in Germany. The production companies (several) are from Germany but the film was made largely on location in China.
Strand's link for the film is here.