Stalingrad

Stalingrad

DVD - 2014? | Russian
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An epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. The scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014?]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital
1 videodisc (approximately 131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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majormulatto
Jul 29, 2016

if you spend 20 hours a day playing computer games, you might like this. if you don't, find anything made by aleksei german sr. & see a different kind of russian war film. he only made 6 films & 2 of them are at the library. i guess i must be old fashioned since i like movies to have something besides stuff blowing up, to paraphrase hswager below.

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kimchan98
May 11, 2016

DVD will not play

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2016

An excellent WWII action drama as a handful of Russian soldiers were ordered to stall the advance of a large company of German army at Stalingrad. Amid the deadly chaos of war, there were a whole host of poignant stories on soldiers and civilians plus two pairs of love stories. Particularly clever was how the film began with the international rescue efforts in the aftermath of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake. Before switching back in time to the Stalingrad battle, a man's conversation with a victim ended with an enigmatic comment which was explained ~2 hours later at the end of the film (see quotes.) Besides the tight-knit script, the acting, production set, costumes, stunts and special effects are as good as any big budget Hollywood film I have seen. 4.5 yo 5 stars.

C20T11 Mar 21, 2016

Terrific Movie.!

harrybrowne Jul 07, 2015

Visually stunning film, beautifully directed and photographed. Real sets, buildings and people. Strangely lush and romantic score by the very talented Angelo Badalamenti.

Also, very graphic and gruesome, yet often touching and emotional. The director, obviously, portrays the Russians in a favorable light. The truth is that Russia was as brutal and savage as Germany. But Germany invaded Russia, so that's how the story is told.

Acting is predictable, except for Thomas Kretschmann as Kahn, who is outstanding. English dubbing is ridiculous and unnecessary.

Worth seeing, as is another great Russian film, "12." Beats Hollywood any day.

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OpusTheFowl
Jun 05, 2015

I want to warn anyone with an ounce of military knowledge: do not waste your time with this. Absolutely horrible in almost every way (the sets were actually pretty good though).

It makes Enemy at the Gate look like a master piece of historical significance.

Go to the dentist and have a cavity fixed rather than watch this...it would be more enjoyable.

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idonovan
Apr 11, 2015

Loved this movie not sure why others did not.. I did watch in the original Russian so yes helps to know the language, but it was great.. Not 100% accurate but still fantastic.

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kayeesso
Apr 04, 2015

Weird beginning made me think I was watching a different movie. Terrible narration, melodramatic, and the language dubbing was laughable. I couldn't continue watching after the initial scene of taking the building.

hswager Jan 20, 2015

This is a great war movie if you like movies where stuff blows up. There are clear good guys and bad guys. The costuming and CGI are accurate. Lots of Nazi tanks and planes blow up in majestic fireballs.

It has a simple over-the-top plot that is very (Russian) patriotic. Think Saving Private Ryan not A Thin Red Line. It is so over done you may think Vladimir Putin helped write it.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 19, 2015

The settings and the war scenes suggest this to be an expensive film to make. However, visual aside, the directing and the editing were poor. I watched it in in the English dubbed version and that probably made it worse. I still got something out of it but, in the hands of a more capable director, it could have been a much better film.

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2016

One of the German soldier:
Take a look at this filthy animal. Peter Kahn. Recipient of an Iron Cross. Born to respected Prussian stock. Field Marshal Paulus invited me to lunch once. He called me a hero. A hero. It's impossible to wage war against you people.You know nothing of honor. You're all bandits, who'd shoot someone in the back. You're not fighting for victory, you want revenge. ... I came here as a soldier. You've turned me into a beast.
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A Russian civilian, a girl:
What are you looking at? You want to know how we lived under the Germans? What they did to us? Why I'm still alive? And not with Mama and Papa in a grave? Why I didn't kill myself? Go on, ask. Don't be shy. Go ahead and ask. Our defenders. You want details? I just couldn't do it. I was scared. I was waiting for you. Shoot ... Go on, then.

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2016

One of the Soviet soldier:
By age 14, Nikiforov had been picked up 10 times by the police. But fate was to send him
to work in a tractor factory where there was a House of Culture that was famous throughout Stalingrad. By age 16, he had an amazingly pure tenor voice. The factory sent him to Moscow
to the conservatory. A year before the war, he returned to Stalingrad as a soloist with the Philharmonic and became a local celebrity. ... On the first day of the war, he signed up as a volunteer For 20 days, he was lost in the human slaughterhouse of the Belarusian forests until he found his unit. The Soviet military police questioned him for 20 days more. Those terrible first months of the war made him stern, silent, and even cruel.

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2016

The riddle:
Trapped earthquake victim Nina: My father is dead. I miss him so much.
A rescuer: Hey, Nina. Nina, don't cry. You'll use up all the oxygen. I had five fathers, and I miss them all. They're all dead. But I'm not crying.
Nina: Five fathers? That's not possible.
Rescuer: Possible, impossible. How would you know? ... It is possible.
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The battle:
It was in Stalingrad. Autumn, 1942. The Russians were crossing the Volga to gain a foothold on the other bank and keep the Germans from taking the city and the river access. This was all but impossible. But they didn't think about that. Each one fought his best, not knowing that he was fighting in the bloodiest battle in human history.

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