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on 22 January 2013
Another Hollywood contribution to the war effort. When this film went into production in 1942 the Germans were running riot in Europe. I've always enjoyed movies made during the war years, and with Edward Dmytryk in the director's seat I was expecting something watchable and I wasn't disappointed. Forget post-war movies on the Nazi plague and concentrate on what people felt when Nazism was still destroying Europe. Only when the threat was still there could people really appreciate what they were being offered on the screen. The title refers to Hitler's concept of making mothers for Germany - a misconception of conception. Women either produced or were sterilised. It clearly passed the American censors since the sexual aspect was non-existent. Kent Smith as the American professor tells the story in retrospect. Tim Holt as the Hitler youth who metamorphoses into the Gestapo lieutenant does a fine job in his dilemma between romance and idealism, while Bonita Granville, while not over-grimacing like Jeanette McDonald, is adequate as his love interest. Kent Smith is too close to his students to be plausible, while Otto Kruger is too bland to be a Gestapo colonel. Hans Conried as the Nazi education minister over-ranted in Hitler style and thus became a caricature. The only really convincing Germans were the man who organised the Hitler Youth and the officer (played by Peter Van Eyck) who interrupts the anthem sequence. My one criticism of this DVD is that the wide screen makes the actors inordinately fat and would suggest that Nazis never suffered from food deprivation.
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on 18 May 2015
An enjoyable romantic drama from 1943 while the war was raging across Europe. The film itself was a propaganda film saying look at how the German's are so evil, and how our way of life is so pure. The story is that two people, a German born in America (Karl Bruhner) and an American born in Germany (Anna Muhler) fall in love. Karl becomes a Gestapo officer, while Anna becomes a teacher but is quickly drafted in to the Third Reich's Army. Unfortunately she isn't willing to go along with the Reich's world view, which put's the Gestapo officer in a bind will he choose his country or will he choose his girl and her way of life? Well you can imagine how this film ends... not well.

Overall the film was watchable and entertaining with engaging performances from all the cast. What I like about films from the 30s and 40s is you can't really make them nowadays simply because the quality of actor isn't in the same supply, and they have the 30s/40s innocence which is clearly lacking in today's movies which require a dark brooding twist.

The direction and cinematography was excellent, and while the script did finish on a freedom is good speech and the embers died a little bit, it did try to give the German's viewpoint especially in the opening 25 minutes, which while quite amusing were quite scary in the conviction being portrayed by the actors, that the German's genuinely believed what they were doing was right.

As said earlier enjoyable and entertaining watch but that's just my view, if you like watching old movies then you could do worse than watching this film.
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on 9 November 2016
Rubbish film.
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on 13 January 2016
Everyting's fine.
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on 21 January 2013
Ididnt expect this to be solely in German. Bought it a s a gift so disappointed.
Advertisd as Hitler's Children not Los Hijos etc.
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on 13 May 2010
Too dated but typical of the times, not much about the Hitler youth more about the actors and directors idea of how it may of been.
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