Sep 02


By Kenneth Feucht Media, Movies Add comments

Stalingrad, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier  ?????

A number of 6th army offensives in the east – films have been produced, including this film, another named “Stalingrad”, and a German film “Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben”. This is definitely the best, the most convincing, the most moving of all the films, and indeed, one of the best war films of all time. Like “Im Westen nichts Neues” (All Quiet on the Western Front), this film does not glorify war, and glories neither a victor, nor the act of war itself. It portrays the immense horrors of armies unable to either retreat or advance, and eventually defeated not so much by the enemy as by nature itself, in the freezing winter of the the Ukraine. Though many reviewers attest to the realism of this film, having not been there, I’m sure that nothing could portray the sheer terror and despondence that both the Russians and Germans experienced in this battle. Seen in the film are the epitomes not only of human altruism and love for fellow man, but also the depths of evil. This was best portrayed when a lead character was ordered by the commanding General to execute a Russian child and then refused to do so. This film is certainly much better when watched with the audio in German, but regardless of the language, in one of the must-watch films of all time.


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