Sunday, February 2, 2014



In Memory of Maxmillian Schell (1930-2014)

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  1. After watching the fine tribute to Maximillian Schell I had to look up the films that he appeared in over the years. I've seen some of them over the years including "Judgement at Nuremberg" which sticks out in my mind. Today I'd probably take a different message away from the film than I did years ago—that all Germans share a collective guilt for what happened (WWII and the Holocaust). That the actions of a government automatically imply that all citizens of the country share collective guilt, especially when the power of the state to compel its citizens to comply with its orders, seems today to me far from the automatic conclusion that viewers are expected to conclude.

    As I recall he certainly was a fine actor in the films that I've seen.

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  2. A perfectly splendid human being, FT. I'm glad you saw fit to post this montage. In a world dominated by the vulgar and ignoble this was a rare person who did much to give us hope that things needn't be as depressing as the popular press would like us to believe. Thank you.


    -------------> Katharine Heartburn

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  3. Somehow, this actor has never been "on my radar" although he appeared in several movies which I liked.

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  4. Funny! My admiration for him knows no bounds, AOW. He was no only a marvellous actor, he was also a highly skilled classical pianist. Leonard Bernstein greatly respected his playing as well as his better-known skills as an actor. They collaborated on a number of musical projects.

    He performed many of the great roles of Shakespeare in his native German and English both to great critical acclaim. He also directed operatic productions, and sometimes served as an orchestral conductor.

    He was a refined, highly disciplined, beautifully educated, extraordinarily sensitive man about whom the American public has known very little, despite his enormous success in the movies.

    "Different strokes ..."

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