Set in Northern Italy during the last embers of the war, the beleaguered vanguard of Axis forces suffer daily bombings and the constant threat of attack from local partisans. Tempers begin ... See full summary »
A young girl finds herself in a reform school after therapy since she was blamed for the death of a young boy. At the school she finds herself drawn to a fellow student, unaware that he is an angel, and has loved her for thousands of years.
The story is set in the latter days of World War 2, against the backdrop of fierce combat on the eastern front. Brother's War is based on real events. The western Allies push into Germany ... See full summary »
In the autumn of 1944, in Northern Italy, the German soldiers resist to the advancement of American forces in an Italy divided in fascist soldiers, communist partisans supported by the civilians and thugs. An American platoon led by Sergeant Malone is assigned to deliver supplies to the front. Meanwhile, the German Lieutenant Gunther tries to keep the morale and discipline of his needy soldiers, and faces many other problems when the Italian troop leaded by the aristocratic Lieutenant Gianini joins his doomed troop. The thugs leaded by Rossini act like vultures, plundering the remains after the battles. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Indeed an awesome effort by amateurs that does an excellent job of looking far bigger than it was...
I rented this film based on my general enthusiasm for movies covering the stark subject of war. This was a very different film than any other WW2 film I've seen, and I think for the better.
As we can probably assume with all fairness, not every soldier or unit in Europe during this conflict was fighting at the front. "The Fallen" depicts an several facets of participants toward the close of the war: An American supply unit that generally behaves as if their simply waiting out the war--they know their place (in the rear with the gear) and some of the individuals are even taking advantage of it; A small and reluctant Italian regiment brought in to support a equally small, but cocky German unit; Italian "partisans" who as members of the communist party operate as guerrillas; and Italian civilians, some of whom are a bit shadowy in their activities.
The uniqueness of the historical situation in this region during the war provides that distinct difference between this film and others in the genre. It's not one huge battlefield scene after another or a storming the beaches extravaganza. There's no massive divisions. These units are the forgotten groups of soldiers from their respective armies, two of which were in their last days. Their importance in the grand scheme of the war is minor as the story told here is more common.
While some characters are a little cliché, others are more unique... particularly toward the second half of the film. They really do develop, change, and become something different than they started as.
After watching the special features "making-of" documentary on the DVD, it's amazing the movie ever happened. None of the actors were the professionals you'd expect. Hell, one of them does character work for birthday parties. Another works at a fish market. I strongly suggest anyone who rents this film watches the making-of as you'll have a much greater level of appreciation for what went into the movie.
Overall, I thought it was a decent film for what it is. I think you have to take into consideration the level of experience each actor and staff member possessed at the time. This isn't a Hollywood production by any means. But it was indeed an awesome effort by amateurs that does an excellent job of looking far bigger than it was. I have to give the makers and participants of "The Fallen" a lot of credit for their efforts.
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