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The Downfall Of Berlin - Anonyma [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]

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  • Directors: Max Farberbock
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Z9HBNI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,773 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Mun Gavin on 2 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Yes, it was a little heavy-going, but one can't expect anything less when the movie is all about portraying the lives of Berlin's women (and one woman in particular) in April/May 1945. I read the book "A Woman in Berlin" (Anonymous) A Woman in Berlin: Diary 20 April 1945 to 22 June 1945a year or two ago - after reading Anthony Beevor's great work "Berlin" Berlin: The Downfall 1945. I must say in both reading the book, and watching the movie, I was amazed at the resilience of the main character (anonymous) - how she accepted the situation and ensured she did what was required to reduce her exposure to being assaulted/raped any further. The movie is excellent ... very "authentic" with great attention to detail - I put it in the same class as "Downfall" - "hats off" to German film-making!
For those with an interest in WWII the DVD is definitely worth purchasing - it's a quality film!
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By William Head on 4 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
This is not your typical all-action war film; if that's what you like, then look elsewhere.

What this film depicts is the fall of Berlin to the invading Russian forces in April, 1945. The story is told from the perspective of a group of Berlin women, who are left largely isolated in the city, together with Berlin's young and elderly residents. Their husbands and sons are either away, losing the war somewhere else, or were killed trying to protect their City.

The film shows what seems to be an honest portrayal of the suffering of many women, subjected to rape and murder by the invading forces, with no-one to protect them. The women, however, do find various ways of surviving and coping with this awful situation and the collapse of their own country. There are definitely some heroines in this movie.

The scenes of Berlin, reduced to a pile of rubble, look very realistic and the acting is of a high standard throughout. The film is in Russian/German but very well sub-titled.

I would recommend this film, as it's different to see a war film based on sex from the female perspective, as opposed to masculine fighting and violence.

This film doesn't venerate war or rape, but shows what the non-military (largely female) populations also had to cope with. This is why films like this are important, as are films about the Holocaust. They don't glorify these historical events, but raise awareness about their horror, in the hope that they never happen again.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2010
Format: DVD
Having read Antony Beevor's excellent and accessible historical account "Berlin the Downfall", I felt compelled to read "A Woman in Berlin", being one womans anonymous account of the period covering the fall of Berlin in 1945, and its occupation by Russian troops. The diary is a frank and honest account, which shocked Germans when it was first published, with its graphic descriptions of rape as an almost daily occurrence. Many believed the diaries to be faked, but the way in which the diaries are written, and the fact that it has been historically authenticated that such events took place, add veracity to the account. It has taken me a while to catch up with the film based on the diaries, and I was intrigued to know if a good film could be made out of such difficult material. The answer is an emphatic yes! In its just over two hour running time it picks up the tone of the diary perfectly.

This film is not just an excuse to titilate using mass rape as the pull. There are a few rape scenes, but these certainly do not titilate and have powerful dramatic effect. We see how the women react in different ways to the threat hanging over them. We see how they seek each others comfort. We see the effects on the husbands of these women, who unable to do anything felt emasculated. War brings out the worst and sometimes the very best in the human race. Amongst the brutality we see a human side to the Russian soldiers, many of whom suffered terrible losses of their own during the Nazi advance through their homeland. Whilst one can never condone rape as a means of subjugating a civilian populace, one could perhaps understand the deep hatred the average Russian soldier had for fascist Germany. The film never avoids difficult questions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By allaboutwarmovies on 22 July 2010
Format: DVD
I am surprised that no one in the previous reviews took offence at the fact that the film was in large parts a love story that does not exist in the book.I did personally like this love story a great deal even though I normally do not like it when grim facts are sugar coated by romance. But as a matter of fact this is a very realistic love story. Not very sugary at all and even though not in the book I think it manages to express something that could have happened.
The movie has actually two parts, before and after the end of the war.
The beginning shows the taking over of Berlin by the Russian army and the horrible mass rape that was soon every woman's daily reality. The second half is dedicated to the love story and the home coming of Anonyma's husband.
Anonyma is a very fine movie, especially since it is in large parts bilingual German/Russian. The Russian cast is absolutely great. I was not too thrilled by the German actors (one reason to deduce one point. Apart from Nina Hoss they are a bit overdramatic at times.
The shocking story of mass rape is told in a very convincing manner. Evident but not voyeuristic. Without being too explicit we know what is going on.
I consider this to be an important movie as it shows how much the Germans suffered as well.
From reding German reviews on this movie I see that to this day the feeling of guilt runs so deep in the Germans that they still feel uneasy to mourn these events.
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