I don’t post captioned images, but this was worthy of a first time.
The Mastery of ‘The Prestige’
Christian Bale, I’m Not There (2007)
If there’s one sub genre I’m a fan of it’s World War 2 films, and in this feature ‘Swing Kids’ it gives us a completely different view on the struggle and strife of Germans during Hitler’s reign.
Unbeknown to myself and I’m sure you, there was a big rebellious throughout Germany during the 40’s for Swing music from the US, also banned by the Nazi’s due to many of them being ‘negro or jew’ musicians’. This feature focuses on the power and manipulation of the Nazi regime, and how they focused their efforts on young men like Thomas (Bale) and Peter (Sean Leonard) to becoming fruitful young men of the Nazi Youth. Indeed this manipulation and somewhat magnetism has it’s pull on Thomas and brainwashes him into a ‘typical’ Nazi follower.
I enjoyed the 2 hours of this feature and felt it delivered not just on the message of Nazi manipulation and exploitation, but also focused on these young men struggling and searching for answers, always trying to turn the back on the regime, some of them finding it at times harder than others.
Christian Bale in Swing Kids (1993)
Trivia: Heath Ledger improvised when he started clapping inside his jail cell in a mocking and sardonic capacity as Gordon is promoted. The clapping was not scripted but Christopher Nolan immediately encouraged the crew to continue filming and the sequence was included in the film.
Jim Gordon: I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.