Movie Diary 8/11/2015

Phoenix (Christian Pelzold, 2014). Melodrama about a disfigured woman (Nina Hoss) returning from Auschwitz, and a complicated masquerade involving her ne’er-do-well husband. A few people have ventured comparisons with Fassbinder’s post-WWII films (along with a batch of other references, notably Vertigo), but the movie skips Fassbinder’s tough gaze and goes all the way back to the Douglas Sirk era. Albeit without Sirk’s formal rigor. Still, fine cast and a doozy of an ending. (full review 8/14)

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