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A Woman in Berlin,
This review is from: The Downfall Of Berlin - Anonyma [DVD]  (DVD)
The German title for this film "Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin" [which translates as "Anonyma: A Woman in Berlin"] appears to have been altered to "Anonyma: The Downfall of Berlin" for its US and UK release. One can only presume this is an attempt to cash in on the success of the 2004 masterpiece "Downfall" which depicted the final 10 days of Hitler's life in his Berlin bunker. Indeed, looking at the poster for this film or watching the trailer one could be forgiven for thinking the film will be a flattering - but most likely poor - imitation of the original. That would be a shame. For while this film deals with life in Berlin around the same time as "Downfall" and the grey, bombed-out ruins where the action takes place are almost identical to those seen in that film, "Anonyma" deserves to be seen on its own merits as it offers a completely different, if no less true, view of life in Berlin at that time.
The screenplay was adapted from the memoirs of an anonymous young German woman who lived in Berlin during the Soviet invasion and occupation of 1945. Covering the period from 20th April to 22nd June of that year it tells the story of how - faced with the prospect of being repeatedly raped by the occupying soldiers - she decides to search out a senior Soviet officer and offer herself to him in return for his protection. The film explores the consequences of her decision - both for herself and those around her. Sadly, it seems those consequences would be with her for the rest of her life. Following the publication of her autobiographical account in Germany in 1959 she was shunned by her contemporaries as her recollections were seen as being an affront to the dignity of German women. Following the furore she banned the publication of any further editions of her memoirs until after her death. What she would have made of this film one can only surmise but I found it to be a thought-provoking depiction of the kind of unpalatable choices and moral dilemmas that people face as they struggle to survive in wartime. If it's an all action blockbuster you're after though, you'll be disappointed.
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Initial post: 31 May 2014 14:36:20 BDT
The American DVD from a small label is called A WOMAN IN BERLIN and has tasteful artwork unlike the UK cartoon action film artwork. But the BD quality is of course better albeit under the less good title.
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