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The Good German

An American journalist bplayed by George Clooney arrives in Berlin just after the end of World War Two. He becomes involved in a murder mystery surrounding a dead GI who washes up at a lakeside mansion during the Potsdam negotiations between the Allied powers. Soon his investigation connects with his search for his married pre-war German lover played by Cate Blanchett.

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Released: Dec 8th, 2006
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

The Good German Main Cast

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Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson
plays Congressman Breimer
John Roeder
John Roeder
plays General
George Clooney
George Clooney
plays Jake Geismer
Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire
plays Tully
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
plays Lena Brandt
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Once or twice in the film adverts for Persil washing powder are seen, before Lena gets her "Persilschien".
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Tully is leaving Sikorsky's office, he is supposed to have a broken right arm. Yet, when he rises from the chair, you can see him push off the arm with his right arm (both arms, actually) and then open the door with his right hand.
  • The film was shot as if it had been made in 1945. Only studio back lots, sets and local Los Angeles locations were used. No radio microphones were used, the film was lit with only incandescent lights and period lenses were used on the cameras. The actors were directed to perform in a presentational, stage style. The only allowance was the inclusion of nudity, violence and cursing which would have been forbidden by the Production Code.
  • Steven Soderbergh, wishing to shoot this film the old Hollywood way, banned the use of sophisticated zoom lenses used by today's cinematographers, returning to the fixed focal-length lenses used in the past. Furthermore, only incandescent lights were used which provided harsh, unnatural lighting. There were also no wireless body microphones, which would allow the faintest whispers to be heard, on set. Sound was recorded the old-fashioned way, with a hand-operated boom mike held above the actors head, which consequently forced the actors to speak in loud, crisp English.
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