Attack On Leningrad [DVD]
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A soaring, action-packed journey of heroism and sacrifice as one crusading journalist desperately fights to uncover the horrors buried within the infamous Nazi siege of Leningrad in the savage winter of 1941. At the height of World War II, journalist Kate Davis becomes trapped within the devastated city of Leningrad. Seperated from her lover, American writer Philip Parker, Kate is rescued by Nina Tsvetkova, a member of the Leningrad militia who provides refuge for those escaping those horrors of war that have come so close to home. With the enemy's grip closing ever tighter on the war-ravaged city, stray bullets and catastrophic bombing raids a daily peril, this makeshift band of survivors must battle to stay alive and fight for the ultimate prize: their freedom. An epic story, inspired by true events, featuring an acclaimed, award-winning cast, this is the tale of the tragedy that befell Leningrad: at over 800 days, it was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history. Special Features: Heroes Under Seige - go behind the challenging production of this intricate, stunningly detailed and epic recreation of one of history's most infamous and gripping conflicts. An Epic Vision - an exclusive interview with the director on how he brought the impact of WWII's most devastating seige to life. Trailer.
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The movie is quite deep. People making uneasy decisions, sacrificing their lives and lives of loved ones. The psychology behind the motives is so true, that it corrodes the filters between viewer and action. I haven't seen so immersive film for ages.
One thing that I didn't like - there is, in fact, not a single F-word in the whole film, spoken. But quite a few in subtitles. An example - when Russian officer is standing with grenade against the German tank. He is saying - "You didn't scare me". English translation - "F... you!". Basically, translation from both Russian and German is quite free.
A moment that amazed me was the episode with Russian actor Alexander Abdulov. He appeared in the film, smoking a cigarette. Nothing special, unless you know that he died a year before the release of the movie, from lung cancer. I know him from some other brilliant movies, like other Russian star actors who participated in this film, but since I didn't follow his filmography, I couldn't expect his appearance, and it was a light shock.
Speaking about shock, there is a lot of it, since siege of St. Petersburg (formerly known as Leningrad) took more lives than Hiroshima and Nagasaki together. Unfortunately, there was no fantasy in horrors you'll witness, but they all are rather psychological, with no gore. Some of them you won't see in other movies.
I highly recommend to view this whether or not you like the genre. Simply for educational purposes.
The film delivers a chilling portrayal of a city under siege and there are strong scenes of life - and death - in the cold, windy streets. Many of these scenes seem to have been re-created from period documentaries. However, for some strange reason all German bombing raids appear to be carried out by Messerschmitt 109 fighters, visibly carrying no bombs! Since these scenes are computer animated anyway, one should think it would not have been to difficult to show Luftwaffe bomber aircraft instead. At least it would have been more authentic. The characters also look remarkably healthy throughout, even if starvation is a big issue and actually took several hundred thousand lives in Leningrad during the siege.
It is not a bad war film as such, but I found it strangely uninvolving.
They did finally deal with the alleged canibalism and also the activities of the NKVD, but it did feel a little too revisionist with feigns at the emotional heart tug scenario, which just failed to come off - Schindlers List this most certainly is not. That said one of the reviewers here has said that 'Enemy at the gates' is a betteer film, I beg to differ as it has that talentless clothes horse Jude Law ruining an above adequate plot and is so historically inaccurate that it could have been written by the Polit Bureaus propaganda department. If you want a good real Russian WWII film try 'Star'.
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The problem with this film was that it was heavily edited for UK release....literally about half of the film is missing - resulting in a film with random characters, bizarre scenes... Read morePublished 6 months ago by iron man