Great movie, with Malkovich playing a blank mirror to so many facets of NS society.Characters are mostly one dimensional, but to me this only emphasized the clear structure of the movie. I guess it helps a lot to know about history, otherwise many plotlines might be missed.
The undifferentiated depiction of the romanticized mythology upon which the nazi ideology was built is nowhere near Schlöndorffs usual brilliance and left a bitter after taste. Malkovichs character was one-dimensional and lacking in depth. All other characters certainly failed to deliver and appeared caricatural, though Spenglers overdrawn portrayal seemed to fit his role. Unfortunately a big disappointment.