Cinema: Walking Small


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The Pedestrian broods over German guilt rather too prettily. It is the third film directed by Maximilian Schell, and it is serious — perhaps excessively so — in purpose and demeanor. The Pedestrian is riddled with angst and festooned with a lot of fussy, soft-focus photography that makes its sober speculations on national culpability look like the latest thing in a trendy magazine: "Germany — Forgive and Forget" or "The Fatherland: Two Decades of Remorse." The subject of the film is a prominent German industrialist who may or may not have participated in executing most of...

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