Music Box (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1989.  .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by . Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Jessica Lange is riveting as a lawyer whose Czech-born father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrated to America before she was born. Her father’s heretofore unknown past comes slamming in her face when he is accused of war crimes as a Nazi during World War II. Now defending him in court, Lange goes on a journey of personal discovery in investigating the facts about her father’s life.  Should she remain blissfully ignorant of the possibility of her father being a murderer, or must she face the fact that the kind of monster she thought was a distant notion of history might really be right inside her home? The last third of the film becomes a bit too woman-in-peril, but otherwise it’s thoughtful and provocative, surprisingly written by Showgirls and Basic Instinct scribe Joe Eszterhas and directed with vigour by Costa-Gavras.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Jessica Lange)

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Golden Lion (tie)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Drama (Jessica Lange)

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