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Jan Ole Gerster
Justus von Dohnányi
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls, seeing this as his ticket out of factory life to university and a good salary. During his year in seventh column (fifth form), this innocence is altered as Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education; a night in the forest hunting for escaped Russian POWs brings things to a head. Written by
The insidious thing about Napola is that you can actually see yourself and people around you as the characters in the film. Normality is the order of the day, everyone's just basically going about their lives, studying what they have to in school, with boisterous speeches the only slightly strange thing. However when you think about it, you realize that National Socialism's social genetic experiments were really subtle. The effort to create a master governing race pervades the whole film, and is the main driving force behind the story. Eventually, we see basic humanity winning a small tinny victory over a truly evil and brutal regime. And that is the beauty of the film.
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