One of the Greats

Film producer, director and studio executive Bernd Eichinger died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The man behind a number of major films in both the United States (The NeverEnding Story, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) and in Germany (Downfall, The Baader-Meinhof Complex). Eichinger is celebrated for breaking through in Hollywood and helping revitalize German cinema. He helped launch Wolgang Petersen’s career (Air Force One, Troy). English speaking audiences might better recognize Downfall (Der Untergang in German) for its humorous translations on YouTube. This is my favourite. If you haven’t seen the film (with the actual subtitles) you should. There’s no doubt that given his contribution to world cinema, Eichinger will be missed.

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