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Steven Berkoff film mid 2000s


 


The list of minor films continues, with only occasional interest, with Berkoff treating the roles as salary earners.  His real work now is solely on stage and in print.


Head in the clouds Head in the clouds

A film by John Duigan, who also wrote the script.  2004.  A love story with the background of the Spanish Civil War then the Second World War.  An international cast with Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz and Stuart Townsend.  Berkoff plays Charles Bessé, father of Theron´s character.

Steven Berkoff   Steven Berkoff

Berkoff in Head in The Clouds





Steven Berkoff - Brides - title

Brides (Νύφες), a film by Greek director Pantelis Voulgaris, with high profile support from Martin Scorsese as production supervisor.  The script is by Ioanne Karystiani.  2004.  A few hundred mail order brides are on a ship to America in the 1920s.  Berkoff plays the pimp Karaboulat.

Steven Berkoff - Brides

Steven Berkoff - Brides - credit





  Naked in London / Moving Target

Berkoff acts in the independent film Naked in London.  The films is based on John Cheevers The Swimmer.  Mark Tierney directs.  Thanks to Mark R for the information.


Headsman Shadow of the Sword/
The Headsman
(Hunker)

A film by Simon Aeby with script by Susanne Freund.  2005.  A sixteenth century drama, described as the one of the biggest Austrian co-productions ever.  Berkoff plays "inquisitor".  Other actors are John Schrapnel (who appeared, like Berkoff, in Nicholas and Alexander), Julie Cox (like Berkoff in Children of Dune).

Steven Berkoff in Shadow of the Sword




Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas - title

Dievu Miskas (Forest of the Gods) directed by Lithuanian director Algimantas Puipa in 2005.

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas - Valentinas Masalskis

The film is based on  the book by Balys Sruoga documenting his time in the Nazi Stutthof Concentration Camp. The film centres round a professor (played by Valentinas Masalskis) imprisoned by both the Nazis and later the Soviet authorities.

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

The professor is imprisoned on vague charges along with many others, and is soon helping moving dead bodies.

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

The film is meant to convey a concentration camp, but the women still seem to wear makeup and the prisoners have fun building a snowman.

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas - Commander Hoppe

Only occasionally is the horror a concentration camp shown with an execution.  Berkoff,  playing Commandant Hoppe, signals for the execution to begin.  Here Berkoff revives his Nazi officer role, but his voice is dubbed in this Lithuanian language film.

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

When it seems the camp may be liberated Hoppe tries to show a humane side...

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

... but soon he is ordering the execution of all prisoners.

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

Allied planes signal the end of German occupation...

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

... and prisoners are free for a short while.

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas 

Vladislovas Telksnys, who was actually a prisoner in the camp, says of the film "He made a piece of nonsense. What business of his was it to make this serious and painful episode into a mockery, a piece of absurdity? He knew I was still alive, he could have come to me and talked, I would have told him (Puipa) everything. There was no such thing like... a woman with an umbrella following behind. There were no such things"

and

"But if people ask me, I do tell them. I went through hell. Stutthof was a camp for exterminating people. Those who call it a disciplinary camp or otherwise, they are telling lies. When they took us there, I saw a pile of ashes of people burnt in the crematorium, a pile perhaps bigger than my house. There were three furnaces that would be kept working day and night. A smell of burning flesh permeated everything". (Šarūnas Bulota, 9 May 2013, on 15min.it, click here).

 

Steven Berkoff - Forest-of the gods-Dievu Miskas

All images from the film.
 


The Flying Scotsman The Flying Scotsman

Not the famous train with that name, but a cyclist.  A Scottish film by television director Douglas Mackinnon.  The budget was £5.9m (info from here).  Berkoff plays Ernst Hagermann, head of the World Cycling Federation.  With Jonny Lee Miller and Brian Cox, who like Berkoff was in Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971 and the game Killzone in 2004.  Pauline Lynch was also in Attila (2001).  The film has nine producers!

Steven Berkoff in The Flying Scotsman



PU-239 berkoff  PU-239

Directed by Scott Z. Burns in 2007, his first film.

PU-239

Timofey Berezin, played by Paddy Considine, works in the Nuclear Processing Facility Skotoprigonyevsk 16.  When there is a leak he is radiated with plutonium (PU-239).  He discovers the authorities will not give him compensation, and are trying to blame him for the leak.

He has a lethal dose of plutonium, so to provide his wife and child with some security he tries to sell plutonum to Russian gangs.

Paddy Considine in PU-239

One  of the gang leaders is Starkov, played by Berkoff shown here playing tennis- the credits include Tennis Instructor Dragos Tache.

Berkoff in PU-239

It does not end well for Berezin

PU-239

The film suffers from having only stereotype characters- the cheap low-level gangsters, the gang bosses, the gangster's moll. The film was previously called The Half Life of Timofey Berezin.

Berkoff PU-239 


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