[Marxism] Lore

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 8 13:23:50 MST 2013

Opening today at the Lincoln Plaza in New York today is a most unusual 
film titled “Lore”. The lore in question is not a reference to folk 
tales but the nickname of Hannelore, a sixteen-year-old German girl who 
is charged with the responsibility of leading her younger sister, even 
younger twin brothers, and baby brother from the Black Forest to Hamburg 
in the months before the end of World War Two where they will be housed 
by their grandmother until being reunited with their parents.

What makes the film unusual is the openly pro-Nazi sympathies of the 
parents and of Lore herself. When the film begins, Mutti (German for 
“mom”) and Vati (“dad” is an SS officer) are gathering up the family’s 
belongings in their spacious Berlin apartment for a trip in an army 
truck he has commandeered. Their destination: a farm in the Black Forest 
where they will try to survive the certain collapse of the Third Reich. 
The camera pans in to a bookshelf in the apartment where a book with a 
title like “The Diagnosis of Abnormal Human Specimens” sticks out like a 
sore thumb. You cannot help but suspect that Mutti was an aide to Josef 
Mengele. Even more of a fanatic than Vati, she accuses him of cowardice 
and shrieks that the Nazi army will beat back the barbarians at the gate 
as if a member of the cast in “Downfall”.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/lore/

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