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 ...
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Benjamin is a 16 year old, paralyzed on one side of his body, with lousy grades in math, who switches to a boarding school to reach grammar school. Acclimatization to the new environment is... See full summary »
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
Today I watched Napola. The movie is quite frightening and shocking. You get the feeling at first that this is a film about a friendship or a school. It isn't. Its a film about cruel intentions, and boys who are to be made mad. It's not a great film but one you should have seen and think about. And every time you must ask the same question: "Had I been so much different from these boys in their uniforms?" When the Movie was about to end and the credits showed up, no one in the Cinema was moving. No one was whispering. No one was talking. About two minutes the whole audience sat there in silence. That was at last more frightening than the whole motion picture.
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