’38 (Vienna Before The Fall)


(out of 5)

The year before Vienna fell to Austrian control is examined in this solid period drama, the first film to garner Austria an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. It centres around a beautiful Viennese actress who is madly in love with a Jewish playwright, and their efforts to ignore the rising tide of stifling conservatism that threatens their relationship and, eventually, their lives. It’s not the most captivating World War II film you’ll ever see, Aimee And Jaguar is more exciting, but it features great performances and excellent dialogue, plus a creepily genuine feel for the period.

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Austria/West Germany, 1986

Directed by 

Screenplay by Wolfgang Gluck, , based on the novel Auch Das War Wien by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by , ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1986


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