’38 (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Alternate title:  Vienna Before The Fall

Austria/West Germany, 1986.  , , , .  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 , .  

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.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film


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