Stalingrad 2014

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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 a Russian woman who has been living there. In Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their i...

Starring:
Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

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Stalingrad

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Fedor Bondarchuk
Starring Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina
Supporting actors Philippe Reinhardt, Mariya Smolnikova
Studio Columbia Pictures
BBFC rating To Be Announced
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken on 29 July 2014
Format: DVD
No problem with the film quality itself only the content. This latest epic on 'Stalingrad' did no justice to the actual struggle that went on there, obviously the director has no concept of the time or the place. Typical Russian propoganda even to this day and whilst some scenes of battle were good the actual plot was rubbish and bears nothing to what the 6th Army suffered at what was supposedly set in November 1942. By that time the winter was setting in and food and ammunition were a severe problem. If any person reads this before watching this version, please try and get the 1993 version of 'Stalingrad' as this film does pay tribute to both sides in their will to survive.
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Format: DVD
I don't know much about the background to the making of this film but think that other reviewers have missed the point. It clearly owes a great deal to the classic soviet novel 'LIfe and Fate' by Vasili Grossman - written in the 1950s but banned (known copies were destroyed) in Russia during the soviet era and only available now due to copies smuggled out at the time. Grossman was in Stalingrad during the battle and saw things at first hand. The film is based loosely on the chapters in the book that deal with events in House 6/1 where a group of Red Army soldiers with very much the same names as those in the film share a cut-off front line position with a female radio operator called Katya (as with the female character in the film). Bondarcuk was I believe involved in this one and he has made other films that try and explore the perspective of the ordinary soldier in the great patriotic war rather than the regime and the Stalinist leadership; this I think comes through in the film too. (The German officer character is very loosely based on one in 'Life and Fate' too, but not as closely and humanely.) These all need explored if Stalingrad the film is to be properly appreciated. OK its heroic but then so was the real thing if you take the trouble to find out about it. I would recommend 'Life and Fate' if you can be bothered with an 860 page book , but you should if you want to criticise this film and understand the real history from a Russian perspective.
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Format: DVD
Possibly the most dreadful War/Love film ever made ! Muddled plot to say the least, it just jumped from random scene to random scene with no apparent story line. From the outset there was one depiction of a raging battle which was shot in slow motion, and then all of the subsequent battle scenes, which were very few and far between, were also in slow motion and it just didn't work! The Russians speech were dubbed into English, with American Accents, which was super authentic (bravo for that decision btw). I'm fairly certain that most people would prefer Russian speech with English written subtitles rather than a gruff looking Russian soldier speaking with an annoying dubbed yank accent. Also the actual script was seemingly for an audience of 8 year olds, such basic writing it beggars belief. I would give this film half a star, although I can't remember why it would deserve even that - an utterly appalling recital of the bloodiest battle in human history. Any Russian/ German veterans who had the misfortune of watching this tripe will feel really let down. The director should hang up his boots on adult action films and try making films for kindergarteners !! Only saw it through to the end for the sake of my Russian wife
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter I. Robbins on 16 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this film. It is rubbish compared to the Excellent 'Enemy at the gates'. The worst thing about it are the subtitles, obviously written by a third-form student of English.
Somehow Kretschmann manages to keep a straight face when Kahn tells Masha, “I came here as a soldier. You made me a beast.” In this instance it sounds just as bad in German, though the English subtitles are full of incomprehensible lines or howlers, trying for period flavor with words like “Fritz” and “Heinie,” but then having an apologetic soldier say, “My bad.” Apparently, considerably improved English-language subtitles have already been prepared for the film’s future festival and awards screenings. Amazon should not have offered this version for sale.
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Format: Blu-ray
A shocker. Hopelessly muddled plot with truly laughable dubbing into English (American). If you want to get the feel of what the battle of Stalingrad was really like, I would suggest watch/read one of the numerous decent documentaries/books available because you will gain nothing from this !
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By GwydionM on 29 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
This shows one small battle over a particular building in the much bigger war. You see things from both sides and see the human side of war. Very realistic.
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