TV Show Spotlight: SS-GB

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I want to talk about one of my 2017 discoveries. I stumbled upon this mini series by surprise by was hooked from the first episode on!

 

What is it about?
This show is actually based on a novel written by Len Deighton. The rather irritating title already indicates the plot: it’s an alternative timeline where the Nazis won the Battle of Britain and currently occupy the land. Set in 1941 we follow Douglas Archer, a Scotland Yard detective, who despite trying to keep out of things soon finds himself in over his head…

 

Why should you check it out?
First of all, those alternative timelines always have something haunting. It’s like an entire story full of what-ifs. For me it’s fascinating to explore what might have been, especially if the plot is constructed this thoughtfully and cleverly. I’m no expert on WWII, and especially not on Great Britain, but this show largely felt very realistic. You could tell that they paid attention to even the smallest details. Shout out to the BBC for always delivering quality work! Continue reading

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Old vs. New: Brighton Rock

Hey guys!
A while ago I did a Book vs. Movie post on Graham Greene’s famous novel Brighton Rock, comparing it with both adaptations. However, I decided to pay the two films a very close look as well!

 

The Plot:
Pinky, far to young for the job, is the leader of Brighton gang. When they murder Fred Hale he has his hands full trying to cover everything up. Most of all he needs to take care of Rose, a young waitress who is a witness…

 

The Rating:

To be honest, I found the 1947 movie completely by surprise. Back in December I was ill and couldn’t sleep. Switching through TV channels at 2 in the morning I found this little gem.
Coincidentally I had only finished the novel two weeks earlier!
Anyway, what we get is a very atmospheric black and white picture with a more than fabulous staff. Richard Attenborough is exactly what I had imaged Pinkie to look like. He captures his essence perfectly. Young and inexperienced, wanting to be taken seriously, to be one of the big players, getting more than he can handle. Furthermore, Carol Marsh is just wonderful as Rose. It’s so easy to believe her in innocence and naivety and more important in her change. Not many actresses could have pulled that role off as convincingly.
I also love the fact that the movie is black and white. Brighton Rock is just the kind of story that needs to be in b/w. It gives the whole thing the perfect gloomy atmosphere. So I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the 1947, actually I was even surprised how good it is! Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Brighton Rock (2010+1947)

Hey guys!
I recently stumbled upon an interesting adaptation of Brighton Rock, one of my favourite books, on late night television. It was the 1947 version in black and white! Immediately I was inspired to go for the newer take as well!

 

The Plot:
Pinky, far to young for the job, is the leader of Brighton gang. When they murder Fred Hale he has his hands full trying to cover everything up. Most of all he needs to take care of Rose, a young waitress who is a witness… Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Dark Valley

Austria’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is a western movie set in the Alps. Famous British actor Sam Riley has the lead accompanied by the well-known Austrian actor Tobias Moretti.

 

The Plot:

A stranger named Greider arrives in a rather isolated settlement somewhere in the mountains. Continue reading