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Three Jewish brothers (Craig, Schreiber and Bell) escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

Starring:
Jamie Bell, Liev Schreiber
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring Jamie Bell, Liev Schreiber, George MacKay, Daniel Craig
Director Edward Zwick
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 May 2009
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring Jamie Bell, Liev Schreiber, George MacKay, Daniel Craig
Director Edward Zwick
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 May 2009
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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Format: DVD
It's a great story, and it makes a good-looking movie here, with strong performances from Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell, and great location work in Eastern Europe in the forests quite near to where the actual events took place on which this story is based. The director Edward Zwick obviously likes the big historical canvas -- as in "Glory" -- and he has made a film that gestures appropriately at the kind of heroism displayed by the Bielski brothers Tuvia (Craig) and Zus (Schreiber) as they sought to protect over a thousand Jews from Nazi attacks in the Belorussian forests between 1941 and 1945. The action covers the first two years of their arboreal nomadic existence, perhaps because later Nazi attacks on their camps tapered off as German attention focused more on the Western front. The following comments list some reservations I have about the movie, but these are not meant in any way to discourage your seeing it. Rather, they indicate where Zwick (and/or his screenwriters) made what I think were some compromises with Hollywood conventions -- and maybe broader cultural conventions as well -- despite Zwick's desire to have made a movie that wasn't just "another Hollywood movie" (as he says in one of the special features).

1. The narrative sets up the brothers as types: Tuvia is the man who wants to fight the Nazis without becoming monstrous, like the Nazis. He wants to build a community and would rather die as a human being than live as an animal. Zus has no time for scruples; he just wants to fight. Both men's families have been killed, and their reactions to hearing of their respective losses cement the type difference.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2016
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A huge powerful thrust to the midriff in execution. Sits alongside Come and See and the various Russian greats as a slice of life of WW2. The Bielski brothers, of which there are three, are the sorts of guys who were hoodlums before the war. When it starts they are the survivors whilst the intellectuals and the bourgeois, cannot get their minds round the complexity and intensity of what is being planned - their decimation. It is because they were able to grasp the enormity they were able to survive. This was an issue Bettelheim grasped in "The Informed Heart".

However they are no mere hoodlums because the film explores their 'social interest' - the ability to connect to the plight of others and deals with the class issues within the Jewish communities. As hoodlums who have practical survival skills they are able to adapt very quickly. Meanwhile the bourgeois Jews realise that their skills are not so useful for survival.

The philosophical components deal with the concept of revenge - and there is plenty of it within the film. First the roll calls of dead family members penetrate the forest with each new arrival. The desire to seek revenge becomes paramount until they realise this has a corresponding effect on survival- becoming more acute as more people join them. Then they have to make a decision about the children, women and elderly - can they afford to feed them. Within the camp comes another issue around relationships, food and illness. Then there is the relationship with the Soviet partisans, the Belorussian Police and the Germans.

The Nazis are the dark shadows which haunt the film as a blackness that descends and reaps death by taking a cull. It is seat of the pants viewing. In between are the magical moments of being alive.
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Format: Blu-ray
Again we learn the lesson here that the human spirit can never be crushed. Filmed in Lithuania very near to the original locations of events which have remained under wraps for years.

The cast list, apart from the obvious leads, reads like the Lithuanian telephone directory. This film has the smack of authenticity about it which is so often lacking in other films of this type. Maybe this was achieved by its slight understatement.
In the Bluray version one could see every pine needle, every stubbled face and every speck of dirt in the sharpest detail.

A gritty, earthy and squalid tale of the will to survive of a group of Jews in Byelorus who refused to be expunged from the face of the earth by the Nazis and their collaborators.
Daniel Craig effectively puts across the doubts which racked the leader who had the awesome responsibility of saving large numbers of Jews form extinction by organising their survival in the depths of the forest and the problems associated with managing a large group of people with minds of their own.

Particularly moving, maybe even more so than the actual film, is the documentary attached, featuring the descendants of the Bielski brotherss who led the group. They piece together the amazing modesty
and understatement of their grandparents who after the war settled in the US and made new lives for themselves. The section where these descendants visit the set as the film is being made and relive past events is particularly poignant.

If one should ever begin to find tiresome the way that Jews keep going on about the war then watch this and vow that it should never happen again.
Brilliant performance by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and the rest of the cast.
Moving, Inspiring, Brilliant. Buy it!
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