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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Jacques de Villiers's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Seen 3 Nestler films. The consistent feeling I get is that they don’t go far enough, and that others have taken the essayistic documentary to far more interesting places. Watching von Rosen’s travails in the Belgian Congo inevitably made me think of Raoul Peck’s poetic and equally personal Lumumba: Death of the Prophet (documentary, not the biopic), which makes this feel like a historical curiosity at best.

  2. the_mentaculus's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Not just a portrait of a family history, but a portrait of civilization at a threshold: the experiences of this one man has one foot in the 19th century, and the other stepping into the 20th. Most appreciated was the nuance with which ideas of fascism and colonialism were treated. These things don't merely happen - they are arrived at, a part of the journey. It's often necessary to look back.

  3. m00njaguar's rating of the film Death and Devil

    The director uses his grandfather's extensive diaries & photographs to narrate his trips to South America & Africa. Fascinating glimpses into the lives of remote tribes, but also into the racism & brutality underlying the relationships between Western colonialists and the subjugated native cultures.

  4. David R Williams's rating of the film Death and Devil

    "Nestler explores and wrestles with the contradictory biography of his Swedish grandfather, Count Eric von Rosen, an aristocrat with a serious interest in ethnology and anthropology who undertook expeditions to Africa and South America. He embodied the colonial “adventurer” of his time, whose avid interest in other cultures was tainted by racist stereotypes and blind to the systematic decimation of those cultures. "

  5. captainfez's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Good, if you can apply the word to a documentary about a racist dude who hunted elephants and hobnobbed with Nazis.

  6. SpacePirate's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Photographs throughout are rare and beautiful. Of all the Nestler films recently showcased, this is hands down the best. Perhaps due to subject being a close relative? Not sure, but Nestler seems very inspired here, like when documenting the oppressed Greeks in another film. Von Rosen's interest in Africans, while simultaneously rubbing elbows with Nazis makes him an enigma even this doc doesnt quite solve. 4 stars

  7. DrFirestone's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Amazing footage - mostly photographs, some taken by Eric von Rosen. This is a personal, intimate documentary, exploring ambiguous and contradicting elements of human nature. The photographs are incredible, both from the technical point and how they take us back to the twilight of the colonial era, exposing the dark past of exploitation, racism, and witnessing the birth and spread of fascism in Europe.

  8. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film Death and Devil

  9. fearraigh's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Nestler's deceptively simple narrative technique contains unexpected turns and a keen sense of the tragedy that is buried in all historical tales. This is a particularly compelling film that can nonetheless make for at times uncomfortable viewing.

  10. Superfrog's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Great format for an expose on historical facts that have mostly been forgotten replaced by a simplified version.

  11. Paul Rot's rating of the film Death and Devil

  12. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Death and Devil

    A very personal and honest documentary about a black spot in familiy history, totally focused on its subject: simple, but effective, without any unnecessary ingredients. Just original documents - mostly photographs - and a spoken commentaries like text from Rosen's books and diaries. I appreciate the insistence on the spoken word as additional aesthetic value and welcome the abstinence of music.

  13. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Death and Devil

    (3.5 stars) Some beautiful images and an interesting story of discovery. The narration is very dry and boring (always a problem in these Nestler docs), and even though the central person of the documentary was quite a colonialist and racist through and through, the true WIN here are the photographs of the various indigenous tribes. Some really nice and compelling images. My favorite Nestler doc to date.

  14. tinderness's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Den Großvater befragen, wie es um die Voraussetzungen des Rassismus gestanden haben mußte im ausgehenden Kolonialismus. - das war sicherlich ein nicht einfaches Unterfangen für den Regisseur. Da half auch das exzellente Foto und Filmmaterial nicht.

  15. Hugh Denton's rating of the film Death and Devil

    Totally compelling. Nestler beautifully handles the assemblage of the photography of his grandfather Von Rosen, raising the most poignant questions about 'that' century and its connection to this one, colonialism, ethnography, Nazism and humanity.