Thursday, June 23, 2011
Clive James calls Sophie Scholl something like the best human being since Jesus Christ, which is ridiculous but also hard to argue with. The film named after her is surprisingly worth watching, I thought. Surprising because you might expect it to be both boringly predictable and depressing. But it isn't really either, at least not as much I had feared. The general story goes as you would expect (one young woman does not bring down the Nazi government), but the details were sufficiently unknown to me for me to be able to wonder would she be arrested for this act?, would she be let go this time?, would she stick to her story here or admit the truth?, etc. And as the answers to such questions are revealed you see someone decide to stand up for the truth and what is right. She is not presented as a holy will who can do no wrong. She is a human being who will not go along with the human-faced evil that is literally (in the form of her interrogator) staring her in the face. And this is not depressing but inspiring.