Let’s put it this way, it was interesting. Yesterday we saw Hilde in the Cubix at Alexanderplatz with Heike Makatsch in the lead role. The BZ headline on Saturday “Berlin has another Hilde”! Well, that is greatly exaggerated! Heike Makatsch comes to Hildegard Knef mainly in appearance and partly in the gesture quite close.
If the Knef could not “really” sing, their Makatsch is not in accordance with this. Beginning in 1943 in Berlin, which had already been badly hit by the war, and in which Knef came to the UfA, the film’s arc stretches to the 1966 concert of Knef in the Philharmonie. This is also neatly told as if you turned off a CV.
The film has strong moments, certainly, but very annoying, the set design! An attack of the Soviets in Berlin can be seen immediately, which he is asked. Shots in Hollywood are shot in South Africa, which would not matter if you did not use a painted background that could not be cheaper.
The famous Hollywood lettering can be seen immediately, that he is not genuine. Embarrassing and for me, the film got a bit shabby and cheap. The illuminated swimming pool at the Berlin Villa of the Knef was also exaggerated blue-flickering in the scene.
A prop, probably an African mask, appeared in three different timelines and locations in the film. Placed so centrally that it was already scary. Somehow, this set-design blunder, I have no real feeling for this movie. The Makatsch plays without question great but really captivate and inspire the film could not me!
For us, the Berlinale could inspire us. Luckily far away from the hype, we enjoyed watching movies as premieres and partly telling the actors directly by applause that we were well entertained. We will be back next year!