|Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: April 7, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The movie that deserved to win the Oscar for foreign-language film, and one of the best movies ever made about life behind the Iron Curtain.
A grand, old-fashioned movie of spies and Communist repression.
One of the unique virtues of the cinema is its ability to bring history to life with engrossing detail and gripping immediacy; East-West does this.
With its fiery tone and fierce intensity, East-West offers a profile of a country suspended in fear as well as of one woman's indomitable passion for freedom.
Has great themes and great actors.
Isn't always easy to sit through, but it repays patience. It's an honorable film, and it earns its undertow of poignancy derived from.
Packed with melodrama, and often it works in the passionate, easy-to-watch manner of an old-fashioned "woman's film."
Director Regis Warginer ("Indochine") lets his film degenerate into a turgid melodrama.
Wargnier is also a lousy storyteller who seems not to understand how to shape a narrative.
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