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Spring of Life (2000)
"Pramen zivota" (original title)

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The film, 'The Spring Of Life', brings to light a little-known operation of the Nazi SS, started just before the outbreak of World War II. Through the careful selection and re-education of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monika Hilmerová ...
Michal Sieczkowski ...
Johana Tesarová ...
Klára (as Johanna Tesarová)
Vilma Cibulková ...
Karel Dobrý ...
Bronislav Poloczek ...
Josef Somr ...
Bozidara Turzonovová ...
Alois Svehlík ...
Vítezslav Jandák ...
Lubomír Kostelka
Zdenka Sajfertová
Elin Spidlová ...
Katerina Hajna ...
Kristyna Lutanska ...


The film, 'The Spring Of Life', brings to light a little-known operation of the Nazi SS, started just before the outbreak of World War II. Through the careful selection and re-education of young women, it was the Nazi's mad dream to create an Aryan 'master race'. Written by John Howard

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3 February 2000 (Czech Republic)  »

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Pramen zivota: Der Lebensborn  »

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Art-house or exploitation?
27 April 2013 | by (Deutschland) – See all my reviews

Whether viewed as a serious art-house film, or sensationalist exploitation, it cannot be denied that "Der Lebensborn" is a gorgeously wrought film. A young Czech girl is discovered by Heinrich Himmler's SS, in a remote Slovakian village. Taken by the girl's flawless "Aryan beauty," she is quickly removed from her home and placed in a "Lebensborn" facility, to breed superior Aryan babies for the Fuhrer. Yes, the plot sounds like a sleazy exploitation film, and although it does have some of that feel, such as gratuitous nude shower scenes, this is an authentic part of Nazi history. These breeding camps did exist, though many people are unaware of this.

While at the camp, we see the young woman have her skull measured and X Rayed, to determine her exact Aryan lineage. She, along with other women (mostly blond, all beautiful) from Germany and Norway, are matched up with high-born German men; SS troops from the best families, preferably who also show great heroism on the battlefield.

At first Gretka views the events unfolding before her with a detached air, but she soon begins to resent, and eventually despise the Nazi regime for what they are doing. And when she meets Leo, an attractive man of Jewish descent, acting as a slave to the SS, she decides to rebel in a way that is shocking and fascinating. "Lebensborn" deals with a subject matter that is so sordid and interesting that it would still be hard to not watch this, even if it was done poorly. Luckily this is an extremely competent production, featuring gorgeous cinematography, fine performances, and a lush, epic score. And although i feel guilty saying it, this film is strangely erotic. We even have the lesbian Commandant walking around in knee high black leather boots, issuing orders like a General on the front lines. It's hard to believe that this Czech production was made for television, as it is so polished, and is easily good enough to be a theatrical production. It is also fairly racy and explicit for a television movie. If you can find this obscure title, I recommend it highly. It is a must-see for WW2 enthusiasts..

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