THE TOWER REVIEWED
“The Tower” is the first German soap opera about Communism in 1980s East Germany. It’s supposed to be this moody contemplation about how Berlin was eventually reunited, but we all know what this is about. The Tower focuses on a man who keeps beating back the intellectual nature of his being, so that he can accept living the life of an authoritarian douchebag. No one in the film is truly good, but they hang on to party games and social standing to make it through the days. Depressing, but funny at points. I’d recommend it to fans of World TV turned Cinema.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 11/4/17
The Plot Thus Far
A look at Communist East Germany in its final decade. The story unfolds in 1982, when the cracks in the repressive police state’s facade are beginning to surface. Despite the restrictions, the educated few still enjoy some advantages under the system. The Hoffmans gather often with family and friends for warm dinner parties rich with derisive political banter, live classical music, and spirited discussions, holding out for a better future. But even as Richard has high hopes and strict demands for studious Christian, he hides a passionate double life and shocking secrets that come back to haunt him. Against this tense climate of fear and mistrust, with the secret police lurking ominously in the background, choices are made and actions taken that have devastating repercussions.