Monday, March 27, 2006

Clooney, Soderbergh & The Good German

There's lot of George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh love on this blog today (see Unlucky 13: Danny Ocean Style)

But I wanted to share my 1st thoughts on the film The Good German (note: not The Good Shepherd or A Good Story, both coming out this year).

I found this picture of Clooney from the movie from the moviereporter, and believe me there's not a lot of pictures out fact, there's not a lot of anything out there at this point and this film is supposed to come out in September.

The film is based on a book (with the same title) by Joseph Kanon. And I think if this movie wasn't based on a book Steven Soderbergh would be keeping the story under wrap, because I just don't think he's into marketing in traditional ways (a la his film "Bubble").

According to, The Good German is a love story & murder mystery all in one where CBS correspondant Jake Geismar (to be played by Clooney) is covering the Potsdam Confrence in post-WWII Berlin. But while in Berlin he has a personal incentive to find his German mistress he left behind when WWII started (played by Cate Blanchett).

Beside Clooney and Blanchett, the movie also has Beau Bridges and Tobey Maguire in the cast.

Academy Award nominated screenwriter Paul Attanasio is either hit-or-miss if you ask me with great credits (Donnie Brasco & Quiz Show) and some less prestigious adaptations (Sphere, Disclosure, The Sum of All Fears). He is also the Executive Producer of the Television show House, M.D.

According to's listing the film is in black & white (not unlike Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck).

I think it's easy to see how this film could easily be posed to be one of the big movies of 2006's award season. Who knows, this could be Cate Blanchett's 3rd nomination (maybe supporting), Clooney's 4th, Steven Soderberg's 4th, Paul Attanasio's 3rd, through in at least one technical nomination (Art Direction), and Best Picture nod and I'll predict today March 27th that The Good German will get at least 6 academy award nominations. Only time will tell.

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Anonymous said...

Hi RC, thanks for stopping by mine. This looks like a great site for movie reviews!

Ryan said...

good find! Looks like a great movie