When you were young

These are the last few minutes in the movie ‘Flashbacks of a Fool’ directed by Baillie Walsh and featuring Daniel Craig. With a small degree of self-referentiality, Craig plays Joe, a washed up, alcoholic and drug addicted Hollywood actor who is nearing a mental breakdown. A prolonged flashback brings him back to his youth, 25…

The Collapse of Ideology in The Architects

The Architects (Die Architekten), directed by Peter Kahane, 1990 This is the moment when the main protagonist in the East German film The Architects says goodbye to his wife and daughter who received permission to escape to the West. In the background you see a sign that says ‘Ausreise’, or ‘Emigration’, a word so rarely…