Movies 201-210 · Edition 009

There are ten new movies.

2013 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty · Ben Stiller [USA]
2011 – Intouchables · Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano [FRA]
2009 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo · Niels Arden Oplev [SWE/USA]
2008 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button · David Fincher [[USA]
1998 – Run Lola Run · Tom Tykwer [DEU]
1996 – Beyond Silence · Caroline Link [DEU]
1994 – Muriel’s Wedding · P.J. Hogan [AUS/FRA]
1993 – Schindler’s List · Steven Spielberg [USA]
1970 – The American Soldier · Rainer Werner Fassbinder [DEU]
1955 – Mr. Arkadin · Orson Welles [ESP]

Among them we choose our favorite movie:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

We guess it´s a good idea to present one of the ten new movies each time. For edition 009 with the movies 201-210 we choose „The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“. It´s a remake of Norman Z. McLeod´s movie from 1947.

A movie with the metaphorical contrasts of a cramped life and the potential opportunities of restless activity. Those sets develop a strong suction; the desire the movie shall be endless. The soundtrack of this movie ensures that a feeling of freedom for the viewer and the protagonist Walter Mitty spreads oneself out.

The inconspicuous photo archivist of a magazine is lost in his daydreams, where he outstrips himself. He is played by Ben Stiller, who is directing this movie as well. With the groundwork of the screenplay writer Steve Conrad he was able to create a movie with the dramaturgical liberties of a screenplay written by Charlie Kaufman. (screenplay writer of Being John Malkovich among others). And this is essential for the movie.

We choose this movie with its sets because of the successful escapist changeover from Manhattan to Island. There Walter Mitty has to fulfill a real mission for the first time in his life. Oh, there is another reason even though it does not refer primary to the movie sets: It is really a great portrait of a media market which is in a state of flux. Finally, just one single image is the key to the entire story – simply because of this the movie is part of our collection. Thanks, Bend Stiller!

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