The assasination of Heydrich in Prague during WWII.

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It is autumn 1941. Acting Reichsprotector Reinhard Heydrich has taken up his position in the occupied Czech lands and Moravia. His old rival from the Nazi supremoes, Admiral Canaris, objects to Heydrich's cruelty, which raises great hatred everywhere he goes. Meanwhile, selected Czechoslovak soldiers undergo paratrooper training in Great Britain; the soldiers are then to be dropped into Czech territory to support the local resistance. Several groups of well-trained men will soon see their homeland. Written by NFA.cz

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They showed Stauffenberg how it had to be done
21 December 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Atentát" or "The Assassination" or "10 Uhr 30: Attentat" is a movie from Czechoslovakia that was released back in 1965, which means it had its 50th anniversary last year and some of the younger cast members are still alive today. The director and also one of the writers of this movie is Jirí Sequens and it is a definite contender for his most known work. The film runs for slightly under 100 minutes and is in black-and-white, which is not too uncommon for films from the 1960s. Of course, it has sound. There are several languages spoken in here on many occasions, so you may want to get a good set of subtitles. The plot here is about the assassination of influential Nazi politician Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 and what happened before and after that. The focus is clearly on the people who killed Heydrich and those who helped them, but still there is also something shown about the German side, for example about Canaris, a Nazi politician with his own interesting story and life. We see what happens before the killing, also how the assassins get to the location. We see the killing itself, shortly after being halfway into the film, and we see the consequences, not just for the killers, but also for those who helped them and also innocent people. The Nazis wipe a whole village off the map in their quest for revenge. I must say I enjoyed the watch here quite a bit. This story despite it being the only successful assassination of a high-profile member of the Nazi party is really not getting that much attention in films. Never has. Instead the focus is on Stauffenberg mostly in these kind of films or also on Elser more recently for example. Anyway, I believe this one can certainly teach you something new that you may not have been aware of when it comes to the years of Nazi Germany and World War II. Of course, not everything probably happened the way it is shown here, but it's perfectly fine. I don't mind creative freedom in writing. The number of main and major supporting characters the focus is on in this film seems perfect. It is not too many and those in the center of it all bring us pretty interesting stories. Really a lot was done right here and this film is definitely criminally underseen. It's a quality watch as the IMDb rating implies and I certainly think you should check it out if you have an interest in this historical period from 75 years ago. Thumbs up!


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