'Heimat' must be one of the best series ever made. The story is so believable and realistic, you really can imagine how life may have been in the fictitious village of Schabbach, in the 'Hunsrueck' area of Germany. The story deals with a number of very difficult issues (World War Two in particular) with great sensitivity, but makes no attempt to 'whitewash' the past. From a historical perspective, the series provides a fascinating insight into the way life must have changed for ordinary people in rural Germany during the twentieth century. An interesting feature of the series is the use of both colour film and monochrome which takes a while to get used to. The result, however, is very effective, although there are some black and white scenes where colour would be welcome, as the landscape is beautiful and the monochrome fails to do it justice. It is good news that the DVD is to be released in its original German with English subtitles, as the language used by the inhabitants of the village is mostly the local dialect which, for those who understand it, adds further authenticity to the story. I am looking forward to seeing this series on DVD. It has been a long wait (it was first shown on British television during the mid 1980's, and may have been repeated once, but not recently). It makes compelling viewing for anyone who enjoys a series which is both thought-provoking and well acted, unlike the ubiquitous soap operas shown on TV these days.
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