[Marxism] Another Stasi film? No thanks | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 4 09:39:27 MDT 2018

Ernie, I haven't seen "Barbara" but I refer to it favorably in this 
piece. I got a chuckle out of the NY Times article referring to 
"mustache-twirling villain", the same words I used in my Counterpunch 

In a NY Times profile of Christian Petzold, the director of “Barbara”, 
he states that he did not want Stasi operatives to be “depicted as 
mustache-twirling villains”. The eponymous lead character is a doctor 
who has been banished to the countryside for some unspecified offense, 
where she is snooped on by Stasi operatives. We learn from a review of 
the film that Petzold was influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, evidence of 
which is “the prickles of unease that creep into his work, creating a 
cold climate of paranoia and an oft-justified fear of an imminent 
threat.” I haven’t seen this film but when it comes to prickles of 
unease, you can’t help but think of Hitchcock’s “Torn Curtain”, where 
mustache-twirling villains abound.


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