Never Look Away and Cold War Worship Oscar’s Sacred Cows

Tom Schilling in Never Look Away (Sony Pictures Classics)
Two non-American nominees prove that sentimental Hollywood speaks a foreign language.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A mong this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar nominees, Poland’s Cold War and Germany’s Never Look Away look a lot like Hollywood’s own politically woke claptrap.

Never Look Away is the one that most easily appeals to the predilections of American film culture. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s three-hour-plus epic is a virtual seminar in lingering European guilt. It’s full of stylishly grim World War II anecdotes about Fascist cruelty and family disintegration — all within a bio-pic that parallels the life and canvases of painter Gerhard Richter.

Von Donnersmarck imitates Richter’s personal artistic struggle to show the painful experience of self-conscious survival —

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Armond White, a culture critic, writes about movies for National Review and is the author of New Position: The Prince Chronicles. His new book, Make Spielberg Great Again: The Steven Spielberg Chronicles, is available at Amazon.


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