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Film, "Diana": Another Fairy Tale About the People's Princess

"Diana": Another Fairy Tale About the People's Princess

Best known for Downfall, about the last days of Hitler, director Oliver Hirschbiegel turns his attention now to a cuddlier if thematically consistent subject: the last years of Diana, Princess of Wales. This inessential but watchable and poshly mawkish movie…
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Film, Out Like a Lamb

Out Like a Lamb

The chilling oddity of Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall is not limited to the fact that it's the first mainstream German film to grapple with Adolf Hitler -- six decades after his death. Set, for the most part, in the underground Berlin…
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Film, Might  Makes Reich

Might Makes Reich

It's tempting to see Das Experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's harrowing drama about a radical prison-behavior experiment that goes terribly wrong, as specifically German. When most of the volunteer "inmates" locked up in the experiment's mock cellblock lose their individual will and…
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