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Dark Knight, The

Darsteller / Actors Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman 
Regie / Director Christopher Nolan 
Web www.warnerbros.de/thedarkknight
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The Dark Knight has again conquered the screen and presents the decade´s duel with the in-famous Joker (ingeniously portrayed by Heath Ledger who died in spring 2008).A ne plus ultra and an unforgettable bitter-sweet piece of movie entertainment, starring besides Christian Bale also Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and the ironic Michael Caine as Alfred in the sequel of “Nolan´s Batman remake” series. Only for the character Rachel Dawes the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmes who refused to appear in another Batman film. Aaron Eckhart portrays blond angelic District Attorney Harvey Dent who becomes Two-Face.

The anarchistic, ice-cold and brutal Joker – who impresses exactly becauseof his kinky lunatic Mafia- and Punk attitude .- has Gotham City in a death-grip and turns law and order into unstoppable chaos. This dreaded psychopathic clown embodies and promotes anarchy and insanity, the pure amoral evil and the rebellious outlaw par excellance. He neither enjoys money nor power, and he is in a way the dark devilish counterpart of the Batman, therefore the most dangerous and wicked villain without tangible rational or ideological motive. The Joker reveals himself minute by minute, and you realize that this “freak” has something noble and touching, who is not only generating tragedies, blind vandalism and anger, but also inspires positive thinking and presents remarkable intelligence. He could be interpreted as the leader of a sick rotten and lost generation – a monstrous Frankenstein/Mephisto crossover, an apocalyptic beast that has buildings and hopes crumble and burst to ashes.

There´s plenty of symbolism and psychology to be found in this cross-genre masterpiece, also regarding special effects, stunts and combat choreography: Wild camera movements and extreme action sequences, classic sensational highlights, a lot of remarkable moments, well-done dramaturgy and suspense – and even more. And naturally there are chase scenes and an overwhelming finale with many surpruses.

This film sets a few new benchmarks. It is also revolutionary that for the first time 4 scenes (pr 30 min of the film) were done in Panorama-IMAX-Format. "The Dark Knight" pulled in record revenues on the first weekend, also in IMAX theatres.

The new Batman is darker, more bizarre and more psychological than ever. This new interpretation of Frank Miller´s comic book highlights asthetics and atmosphere and focuses on the human factor, making the cosmos of Bruce Wayne much more complec and authentic than ever.

Finally: Who misses "The Dark Knight" will also miss a classic piece of movie history and a portion of an impressive and innovative Special FX entertainment!

Maria Mann, Marco Reinbold, transl. K. Weber

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