The lasting impression is not with individual performances but with the over-all mood of this tragic event captured superbly under expert direction. No enemy can come marching into Russia and live to march out again. 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. It's true, Stalingrad does offer little that's new in terms of character, screenplay, visuals. The film is also successful in the sense that it doesn't allow character or plot to dominate it - it is simply a tale of survival, that attempts to depict the battle mainly from the ordinary German soldier's point of view. I did not expect anything extraordinary of the film.
Yes it contains action scenes depicting bitter battles and terrible destruction. I soon shut off the subtitles and started watching it over again from the beginning without the subtitles. Only Cross of Iron beats this for tension and story. The film is fraught with visual descriptions of the worst kind of war, one that is intensely personal and close, where days are spent in taking one city block, only to have it re-taken in a surprise assault. It is first a movie about lost causes in the world of war, and only secondly a war movie which takes place in Stalingrad. Now, while everybody knows how this battle eventually played out, this movie allows the viewer to gain a unique understanding of how it may have appeared through the eyes of the German soldier.
Sure it centers on the longest and bloodiest battle in world history, in the most expansive theater of the most costly war in terms of lives, money, and matériel that has ever occurred. The world has to see what happened in the Battle of Stalingrad. Screenplay has a different structure. Despite proving themselves in battle, their courage and discipline was being tested as much by the Russian winter as it was their Russian foes. I also found that I couldn't keep a track of which characters were which, this may have been due to similar faces and language barriers creating trouble with indistinguishable accents. There can be no real victors in war if we value human life at all. Hans von Witzland is one of the few films where Thomas Kretschmann played his star roles.
I'll make just a few comments here. The combat scenes themselves are even more horrific. It should not be viewed with the intentions of seeing the battle of Stalingrad or any strategic view of the Russian Front. Well, in one word, it's pure past reality recreated and transposed to celluloid fifty years later. At one point he lines up a group of civilians and has them shot saying they were partisans. There are surely impressive scenes short truce in the plant; attack of Russian tanks, shooting of Russian civilians e.
I can't say it's the best but it certainly is a great film and is under rated in its importance. One by one, they drop dead. Over 1 million people died in the course of the battle. The war destroyed everything in its path. The film revolves around four soldiers fighting in Stalingrad.
And they had no idea what was in store for them. And that's the way it should be. The sad fact about Stalingrad, in watching this movie, is that all of this really happened. Grady Harp An excellent alternative movie demonstrating the horrors of war, in which there are never any heroes. This movie is a fine balance between movie and documentary. Between scenes, there would be such large gaps in time that you wouldn't be able to tell how a situation arose or what the situation was in some cases, making the story hard to follow.
They are threatened with death by firing squad for their humanity in attempting to give aid to the Russians being constantly attacked and only released form their prisoner status when the war appears to be aimed toward loss. Just because there was no happy ending doesn't mean it has no storyline. As far as I know, Lt. I believe a majority of Americans believe this way. But on the minus side: the cast is never more than average and the music is heavy handed. There was a horrid truth in this movie.
What a disappointment they must have had in Stalingrad! I liked particularly the contrast of the opening scenes in sunny Porto Cervo where the Germans are celebrating their recent victories with the tragic scenes which followed when calamity overtakes them. That is his world and that is how you will see it. This German battlefield drama released on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the climactic 1943 defeat of the Nazi forces at Stalingrad in Russia does not paint a pretty picture either of war itself or of the Germans fighting in that war. And this soldier or lieutenant is rather obsessed by repeating he is by no means a fascist. This movie starts slowly in a very nice place and ends slowly in a very bad place, without hope or feeling that the characters have achieved something by their heroic actions.
Yet Stalingrad is not about the battle action but about feeling the madness of war and having empathy for the protagonists' small hopes of escaping the horrors of winter hell. Just one word of caution - don't buy the dubbed 'English' version, it's pretty awful and spoils the film - try to get a copy in the original German version with English subtitles, it's far more powerful. Stalingrad is not the best war film. I certainly do not want to suggest that Vilsmaier excuses the war or worse , but he does not succeed in incorporating the socio-political situation, if he had ever the intention to do so. If we compare the movie industry with an ocean, we have the tendencies to observe only the surface. This is one of the best war films ever.