Was it really so difficult to find actors able to pronounce a couple of phrases without that horrible accent? It's not without faults the portrayal of the Red Army is very generous to say the least but worth a watch if you've some spare time for something a bit different. What follows is a very accurate and graphic portrayal of the infamous battle. As they drive deeper into the Soviet heartland with each fresh victory, our Lieutenant becomes more disillusioned with the war until his Army becomes hopelessly trapped by the Red Army's surprise Operation Uranus surrounding Stalingrad. The camera crew did a great job in bringing to the screen the vastness of Russia with soldiers camouflaged in white struggling on the point of death across frozen landscapes. The other thing I noticed was odd film cutting. Mallard Iowa History, Missouri Single Women, country lovers.
For the main criticisms of the movie. Like American movies, you have action packed battles with quite realistic details. While none of the actors shone above the others, their characterisations were adequate enough though I got somewhat confused with such a large cast and all the same uniforms. Of course with such a movie will come a lot of political overtones. As with the battle, the film itself does not have a happy ending.
It have breathtaking, spectacular, shiny computerized visual effects?. I can't recall of wathing it. Politics and lofty notions fly out the window, as the veneer of civilized behavior is stripped off. There are many other gruesome scenes in the film, but they are necessary. It is first a movie about lost causes in the world of war, and only secondly a war movie which takes place in Stalingrad. Das Boot and Stalingrad are about how war wastes lives of good men in a crazy gamble against all odds, and I do find them equally admirable in their own way.
I had the honour of knowing a German soldier who fought in the streets of Stalingrad and was one of the few about 9,000 who got out, on an aircraft. The German offensive to take Stalingrad, the battle inside the city and the Soviet counter-offensive--which eventually trapped and destroyed the German 6th Army and other Axis forces around the city--was the first substantial German land defeat of the war. They are doomed to die; it is clear from the very beginning. Just like the average soldier doesn't see it. And they had no idea what was in store for them. These men are trapped like rats, and survival at any cost, to preserve ones life is paramount. It's not without faults the portrayal of the Red Army is very generous to say the least but worth a watch if you've some spare time for something a bit different.
Stalingrad shows well the realities of close combat and what the cumulative experience can do and often does to the human psyche. The origin of the title is a quote from the Book of Revelations. And this soldier or lieutenant is rather obsessed by repeating he is by no means a fascist. It was a losing battle, of course the movie is going to be depressing. It will probably have many of the same themes and will be very controversial, I want to see who has the guts to do it first. Lots of good explosions and realistic gunfire.
To demonize Hitler to redirect is to distract, this is done by making Hitler a monster by making up lies such as him having ordered his men to commit genocide. Stalingrad is a jewel among the war movies as it manages to portrait the highly dramatic events in the decisive battle of the second World War in a credible way and without any Hollywood-style heroism or pathos. I think that is a silly criticism. And this primarily from a German perspective, which unfortunately is a rarity. It's made in a world, where movie makers tries to have some personality.
The music was good too, not much different than other films, I saw someone call it cheesy. There are no English subtitles so this isn't easy to watch unless you know German. In the vein of anti-war films, Attack and Retreat is an interesting film - about the Italians on the Eastern Front with a cameo by Peter Falk. And yes, its ending is something of a wimp-out. The close fighting is well filmed with lots of explosions, flames and shattered bodies among fallen masonry. The civilians stay in prostration in the middle of nowhere, only crying for their children killed.
I am reminded of the words: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look on my works ye mighty and despair. It added a feminine touch, but come on look at American movies. Unfortunately, the mankind never learn, nor the politicians. But at the same time, don't forget to have a look at what the Russians have to say about their own rape - watch three or four movies, you'll see how the Eastern Front, when it comes to movies, is already quite well served with talent. The building has high ceilings throughout, with many displays of Soviet war memoriabilia along the walls and around the room, then at boot level there are the remnants of the symbols of the Nazis. They start with 400 men and the movie narrowed down to show the lives of about 10 men and how each did their part and died.
The Germans lost 300,000 frontline combat troops and later, the second World War. War scenes portray the horror, insecurity and confusion of a battle, instead of how cool, heroic and exciting fighting looks like. This is a film that I keep coming back to, for a variety of reasons. Stalingrad, whether you think it as a movie or a war movie has so many good things in it. Cross of Iron is excellent.