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Operation Valkyrie tells the astonishing true story of a bold German plot to assasinate Adolf Hitler and the man who risked everything to try and make it happen. Sebastian Koch stars as Claus Von Stauffenberg, a once idealistic German army colonel whose exposure to wartime atrocities and personal battle injuries move him to conspire to eliminate the power crazy Fuhrer. The heroic tale remains a fascinating must see example of the German resistance to HItler's oppression.
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Perhaps,in the end,only the Germans themselves can do justice to these terrible events,and they are to be congratulated for dealing with them in such a truthful,unflinching,straightforward manner. Not to be missed.
Sebastian Koch, who is from the same region of Germany as Stauffenberg, plays the role superbly. At the beginning of the film, he is shown to be a young, idealistic officer who clearly adores Hitler, but then realises that Germany is in the hands of a madman and that that madman needs to be eliminated.
The subtitled version is so much better than the dubbed version, so anyone wanting to brush up on their German language skills, watch this one.
I actually like both films, this however had a much more modest budget and some may feel has suffered because of that. However, the entire cast is excellent maybe not the stellar performances you could expect from Brannagh Nighy and co, but I found it hard to fault them.
It does seem to assume that you know a fair bit about what actually happened and the whole plot is not as well sign posted as in the US version. However, I think that just shows that the makers actually felt their audience did have foreknowledge and decided to treat them as grown ups.
It starts as early as 1939 Poland when Staufenberg gets disillusioned and that part of the story is told through letters to his wife Nina. It tracks his time in the Afrika Korps and injuries in a very human way leaving out the Prussian stiff upper lip that is so often favoured. It dwells much more on the actual events rather than build up to the plot and then the aftermath.
This is a thoughtful production from Jo Baier who clearly portrays the plotters as heroes and wants to give a message; it is not preachy except for a short burst towards the end, which is entirely forgivable.
It is obviously in German, with quite good English translation in the form of sub titles and runs for 90 odd minutes.Read more ›
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As it was well reviewed I waited in anticipation for this alternative to 'Valkyrie'. Personally, I was disappointed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Max
Received the item little late but happy happy over all. Thanks...Published 6 months ago by dolma boom
Being interested in the history of the Second World War, this film was gripping viewing for me. It chronicles an assassination plot on Hitler and does so without judgement being... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dan Goldfield
Great movie. I love Sebastian Koch. I've seen the movie with Tom Cruise as well and too be honest I really prefer this one. Read morePublished 17 months ago by cati
This is the worst production relating to Operation Valkyrie I've ever seen. So many mistakes, terrible acting, and made on a really cheap budget. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2015 by J. E. Dixon