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Generation War [Blu-ray]
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Career-soldier Wilhelm, his pacifist younger brother Friedhelm, and their friends Charlotte, Viktor and Greta say farewell in the summer of 1941 in Berlin, with the promise to meet again after the war. Wilhelm and his brother have been ordered to the eastern front, Charlotte will join them as a nurse in a field hospital there. In Berlin, Greta makes a name for herself as a singer, with the help of a high-ranking party official. Her Jewish boyfriend, Viktor is despatched to a concentration camp in the east. Little do they know how much the unfathomable experiences, deprivations and terrors of the war will change them. It is the experiences of friendship and betrayal, belief and disappointment, illusion and insight, guilt and responsibility that will change their lives forever.
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The story covers the lives of five friends who "do their duty" from just before Operation Barbarossa until just after the end of the war. Two brothers are soldiers, one an officer and one who would have been a conscientious objector in virtually any other country involved and we go through their "growth"." The other male friend is a Jew, simply, initially, striving to survive, the fourth is his girlfriend who is determined to become the next Greta Garbo (or simply star when she realises being the next GG actually won't go down well in Nazi Germany). The fifth, another girl is full of the belief of the German Woman and her place in the Reich and becomes a front-line nurse where her beliefs are gradually eroded. Their lives remain intertwined in various manners until the war finishes.
Powerful, emotional and gritty, this is a film that should be seen by anyone with an interest in "the other side" of the war.
Unless you speak German (or Russian, Polish and I believe Yiddish) you must read the subtitles but they are easy to see and read without impacting upon the visual. Probably the best sub-titles I experienced so don't let this put you off.
Anyway I won't be too critical on Generation War, as a piece of entertainment it's 5 stars but if you're looking for something that is historically accurate that represents the period of time from a German perspective then it will leave you feeling a bit disappointing.
Exceptional story and exceptional cast.
Don't hesitate, give this DVD a try.
The story is well filmed with some good performances and is subtitled.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well produced.Do not believe read criticism valid as not possible to include all aspects of war in such short space. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Baxter
Excellent film depicting the German view of the brutal war in the East, well worth a watch!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
On balance a good film. It is unfortunate that much of it is obviously fictitious and political figments of the film-maker's imagination. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. M. S. Lauder-Frost