The Reader

I saw Stephen Daldry’s third feature The Reader on opening day back in January. This film has created a lot of award-buzz and Kate Winslet has picked up several awards for Best Actress. There is a campaign being mounted against the film in Hollyweird due to its portrayal of Nazi Germany and its apparent excuse-making symbolized in the character of Hannah (played by Winslet).
The film is middlebrow rubbish…masquerading as ‘important’…although it should be noted as ‘self-important’. Everything about this film seems rife with problems…I am sure the director missed the essence of the entire endeavor…pretty compositions and worthy actors acting worthy do not make for exciting cinema !

I suppose what I’m trying to get at is: why do some films that are really dreadful win lots of awards ?



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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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