Genghis Cohn is a (very) mildly entertaining British movie about a German police commissioner in the late 1950's who is haunted by the ghost of a Jewish comedian that he killed 15 years earlier while serving under Hitler in the SS. The ghost comes back and wants his killer to live as a Jew to atone for the murders he committed.
The ghost of Cohn, who was killed by the police officer, undermines his sex life but, strangely, held to solve the murders. Some pathos and a strong anti-racist theme. Want to see it again - but ...
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- Elijah Moshinsky
- comedy, fantasy
Mar 02, 1994 · Directed by Elijah Moshinsky. With Antony Sher, Robert Lindsay, Matthew Marsh, Diana Rigg. A former SS officer is haunted by the ghost of a man he murdered during WWII.
A loopy idea diffused by a loose script and even looser direction, "Genghis Cohn" shouldattract some offshore attention from the sheer outrageousness of its premise and the roster of name players.
- Derek Elley
Revenge Can Be Hilarious In the midst of World War II, Nazi officer Otto Schatz declares the execution of Jewish music-hall comedian Genghis Cohn. Many years later, Otto is comfortably retired into the life of a highly respected police commissioner, and is investigating a series of murders when he encounters the ghost of Genghis Cohn.
- Elijah Moshinsky
- BBC, A+E Studios
I have been following this and other cherished movies for when they are released on DVD. I found the movie absolutely excellent, apart from a few minor technical flaws such as the 2nd SS officer apparently firing his Schmeiser MP40 up in the air; a fight sequence between some Brown-Shirt (S.A.) thugs and Cohn also not being very believable.
Twilight Time's Blu-ray of Genghis Khan, filmed in Panavision and blown-up to 70mm in some European markets, good great, razor sharp most of the time with good color that shows the Yugoslavian locations to best advantage. (Fans of the Karl May Westerns filmed there will instantly recognize some of these.)
The story takes place in the 1950s or 1960s and is surprisingly lighthearted in stead of darkly vengeful. Really an unusual, but very impressive, movie!
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