Philip Seymour Hoffman

Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix' haunted by ghosts of WWII

Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix' haunted by ghosts of WWII

The nightclub singer returns from a concentration camp, battered and disfigured, roaming like an apparition through a ruined city toward her husband's betrayal. The war has not yet settled into history, and the chanteuse is desperate to resurrect a charmed life forever lost. Christian Petzold's new film "Phoenix" is a stirring exploration of staggering from the ashes into the guilt and denial of personal and national deceptions. With noir shadows and haunting music from Kurt Weill, the movie, which opens in Los Angeles on Friday, visits Germany at a moment when the beautiful memories that steeled victims against the Holocaust are spoiled as the sins of complicity are...