Cinema: Enemy At The Gates

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

In the Battle of Stalingrad a sharpshooting shepherd (Jude Law) picks off dozens of Germans. So the Nazis send their best sniper (Ed Harris) to kill the killer. Not so much a war movie as a western with a shoot-out every 10 minutes, Enemy is the big puffy drama we expect from the director of Quest for Fire and The Lover. There's a stolid, almost Stalinist cast to the compositions and a drably desaturated palette--apparently Russia was so poor in the '40s that it couldn't afford full color. But Law, sexy and crafty as ever, and here with a flinty innocence,...

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