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Anatomie (Anatomy)

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Movie propaganda

The subject is you.

For ambitious medical student Paula Henning (Franka Potente) summer semester holidays at an elite anatomy course with the famous Professor Grombeck (Traugott Buhre) is a dream come true. But excitement turns to fear when she finds a young man on the dissection table who was alive only the day before. Despite warnings to the contrary Paula investigates and discovers a secret group whose influence reaches into every corner of the institute. Then Paula realises that she is in mortal danger...

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film horror German anatomy Germany student corpse cadaver

Persons of interest

  • Franka Potente .... Paula Henning
  • Benno Fürmann .... Hein
  • Anna Loos .... Gretchen
  • Sebastian Blomberg .... Caspar
  • Holger Speckhahn .... Phil
  • Traugott Buhre .... Professor Grombek
  • Oliver Wnuk .... Ludwig
  • Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey .... David
  • Andreas Günther .... Franz
  • Antonia Cäcilia Holfelder .... Gabi
  • Rüdiger Vogler .... Dr Henning
  • Barbara M Ahren .... Frau Henning
  • Werner Dissel .... Paulas Großvater
  • Christoph Hagen Dittmann .... Bernie
  • Stefan Ruzowitzky .... Screenwriter
  • Stefan Ruzowitzky .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Even more weird shit from the fatherland.

Because of the omnipresent thrust of Hollywood filmmaking, and I use the term lightly, it is unusual to see movies from a non-English speaking country that isn't an art-house drama. To come across a low-brow horror/thriller film is completely unexpected. Fortunately, Stefan has seen enough stuff from the USA to know the genre as Hollywood applies it and has crafted a gory, spooky, sexy film that'll have you wetting your pants in more ways than one.

Being a film about anatomy you'd expect there to be a lot of autopsy gore and you'd be right. Anatomie is like a best bits of Silent witness. At times it's hard to believe that the cadavers aren't real and that the actors aren't dead. Woo hoo! There's a lot of high-tech medical stuff which is creepy in and of itself (any profession that relies on leeches has got to be dodgy), but the shiny surfaces and stark German lighting makes everything even more spooky. Anna and Hein are a couple of gorgeous, lush apple strüdels. It's good to see a woman who can swallow the food she eats without sticking her fingers down her throat. As for Benno's butt, well, you could toast crumpet between those buns. Phwaorgh!

Franka, hot off the celluloid of Run Lola, run, does an about face and becomes a nice girl hero: the girl's got talent. She screams realistically and the medicobabble rolls off her tongue like she was born to heal. One day someone in Hollywood is going to realise that dumb Americans [Tautology - Director of Intelligence) can understand people with "foreign" accents and give her a contract. Then they'll put her in a crap film, just to see if she can act in the USA. Then she'll get free of her contract and start making real movies. Can't wait.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.35:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Languages: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Greek, French, Polish, Turkish, Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Hindi, Hebrew, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Arabic, Portuguese
  • Commentary by Stefan
  • 2 Deleted scenes
  • Music video: Anna Loos: My truth
  • Storyboard comparison
  • Photo gallery
  • Making of Featurette
  • Interviews Featurette
  • Special make-up Featurette
  • Talent profiles
  • Original movie trailer & teaser trailer
  • Picture disc

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (High level violence)

Surveillance time

99 minutes (1:39 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 25 January 2001
DVD retail: 22 August 2001
VHS retail: 22 August 2001

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