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An excellent drama, well acted and very entertaining. The actors have
avoided the usual stereotypes often found in dramas concerning with
war, portraying their characters as having different sides to them and
not one dimensional human being.
Although it is, in some ways, unfair to single out any one performance I have to say that Philip Glenister and James Wilby have been particularly great. Two men on opposite sides, Philip Glenister's character appears strong and James Wilby's character would appear to be the weaker of the two.
However, they are probably more alike than either would care to admit. Two very compelling performances.
Congratulations to all those involved in this production, hope to see another series.
This was the best mini-series I have ever seen. I began watching in the
middle of episode 2 after my husband kept saying "You should really see
this." By episode 3 I was hooked. The storyline is very intense without
being crude, graphic or gory. The setting is absolutely gorgeous. The
acting and dialog are brilliant. Each character is multi-dimensional
and well developed with credit due to the incredibly honest writing of
Stephen Mallatratt and the skill of the actors in bringing that writing
to life. I felt like I was there.
I never knew about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands until I saw this. There have been some complaints that the series is not historically accurate, but this is not meant to be a documentary; it is a fictional drama. A drama with teeth though - many of the characters wrestle with moral and ideological dilemmas that leave you thinking. It's also just plain fun.
I can't believe how anyone can critisise this excellent drama. It has
been the highlight of my year as far as the television is concerned.
ITV have done themselves proud considering the rubbish and repeats they
usually churn out! The cast was superb with acclaimed actors such as
Philip Glenister of 'Vanity Fair' and 'The other bolyn girl', Joanne
Frogatt who has come along way since Coronation Street and Edward Fox's
nephew Laurence Fox.
The settings, the backing music and the story lines all fitted together perfectly, i just hope ITV take on board the great amount of praise they have received for this drama and commission a second series!!
If you like good drama and shows about WWII, you will love this show.
Every single actor is excellent and the romantic subplots are
delicious. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.
I've watched the show several times and each time have found new lines and facial expressions that add more to the characters and the plot.
I can only imagine what life on those lovely islands must have been like when occupied by the enemy but I think this show depicts it as good as possible. Yes, the Germans were "just people" until they did something to make the people realize that they WERE in control. To fraternize or not? How would I have acted in that situation. . . . Makes one think.
I think that many people are being very cynical about this. i think nowadays people have the misconception that everything that they watch must be original and groundbreaking. Island at war is a nice wee drama, you don't have to think about what is happening it is all there in front of you. Do people really want to be watching things that stimulate the mind NO i think is the answer to that, especially not on a Sunday night. The acting was all of a very good quality and i have to say i feel it says a lot about the story as prestigious actors such as james wilby being in it. I think it also showed a true outlook on times in the Nazi occupied channel-islands, as it didn't make it seem ridiculously awful, it didn't make all the Germans seem like extremist nazi's it showed them as humans, also as much as people may not like to believe it but British women and German men did get together it was inevitable. Over all i thought that island at war was no masterpiece but it was very nice and easy watching of a Sunday and people shouldn't be so critical of it
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What a great show? I loved the Zelda/Walker dynamic as well as the "ship" there. I know, a Jew and a German,but it could work if he chucked his Jewish reservations. I liked the subtle acting ,facial expressions of Colin Mullen(Walker) and Louisa Clein(Zelda/Hannah). When he tells her they're sending German Jews away,her eyes turns teary(For good reason). The music for the scenes and certain actors are just right and the writing for Zelda and Walker are good and snarky. SPOILERS COMING!! HEAD FOR THE HILLS!! HIDE THE KIDS!!! The ending sucked. Zelda ends up living an Anne Frank like life in her own "Secret Annex", Walker says he'll keep sniffing around till he finds her,Bernhardt and Angie are together but then what and the Wilf,Phil and Senator angle.Prison? And then? I'm going to write "War" fanfic and start an I-Petition for a second series.
"Island at War" is an odd duck maybe more of a platypus, a hybrid
creature. As far as production values go, there's nothing to complain
of here. The cast is first rate, from the largest role to the smallest.
The performances are very real and affecting. The WW II era Channel
Islands setting shops, costumes, cars, music appears authentic and
There's a venerable tradition of the most gloriously unrealistic, star-crossed, soap opera romance during the World War Two era the pinnacle of that cinematic tradition would have to be "Casablanca." And then there are the more gritty, relatively realistic films that depict World War Two for the hell it was "Schindler's List," for example.
There are a couple of scenes in "Island at War" that are very hard to watch. In one, a drugged Englishwoman is handcuffed to a metal hospital bed. Her legs have been spread; she's exposed and defenseless to the worst assault imaginable. A Gestapo torturer stands over her, ready to do whatever he has to do to get her to cooperate.
On the other hand, "Island At War" contains several scenes more appropriate to a "Casablanca" style WWII romance. Here's the kicker the male lead in this star-crossed romantic triangle is a high ranking Nazi commander, the leader of the invading forces. No attempt is made to make this Nazi a prisoner of his own conscience who hides secret resistance to the Nazi agenda and who will somehow acquit himself. Rather, he goes out of his way to state that experience has taught him that he could command his own men to shoot each other to death for no other reason than because he has told them to do so. Thus, he makes it clear that he has committed his share of empty mass murders for the Nazi cause. This Nazi, Rheingarten, is played in a most charismatic manner by Philip Glenister. Glenister's given several scenes to develop a sympathetic character. He strips off his Nazi uniform jacket and helps a common laborer erect a stone wall, offering warm paternal mentoring as he does so; he kisses the hand of Mrs. Dorr, the woman for whom he yearns, and is attentive to her in other ways; he sheds tears over a death. Rheingarten is depicted as nothing so much as the ideal husband and father: quietly rational, thoughtful, sentimental, careful of others' feelings, masterful when in command, and handy to have around the house. If this depiction of a Nazi does not rankle you, we need to start from scratch.
"I like this series. It doesn't present the stereotype of Nazis as killing machines," one viewer wrote. Perhaps this viewer has been brainwashed by Political Correctness, which insists that there is no such thing as truth, but, rather, only stereotypes and images. The truth is that the Nazis *were* killing machines. There were not only death camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka; there was also Nazi warfare that violated all civilized norms. I dare anyone who insists that nice guys dreamed up, and then deployed, the Einsatzgruppen, the gas vans, the murder of handicapped children, the Blitzkrieg in Poland. Watch documentary footage like "Triumph of the Will;" study archival photos of Nazis in action. Most were not, unlike Philip Glenister, handsome. Even those that were handsome have the look of hardened killers. Sure, Nazis could be charming; even Fania Fenellon, who survived Auschwitz, described Mengele as an always well-dressed, charming man. But superficial charm and immaculate clothing are not the same as goodness. Baron Rheingarten is depicted not just as handsome, not just as well dressed, not just as masterful, but also as fair and good, and that is something that the Nazis were not. Had they been, the between fifty and seventy million people killed during WW II might not have died. Some might argue that the Channel Islands occupation was different; Nazis were much nicer there. In fact, the Jews on the Channel Islands were rounded up by Nazis, with English collaboration, and murdered in Auschwitz. Unless I missed it, this is not mentioned in the series.
"Island at War" attempts to deal with the badness of Nazism by featuring good Nazis versus bad Nazis, sort of like good cop v. bad cop. Rheingarten is the good, and hot, Nazi. Walker is the bad one. Walker of course, also played by a handsome, charismatic actor, is also hot. Okay. History lesson learned.
Another odd feature of this series. If you came to it with no knowledge of World War Two, you might conclude that Nazism was a movement much like Robert Bly's "Men's Movement." It made men cry and beg women for romantic attention. The women all refuse, and the men become very frustrated. A good portion of the scenes in "Island at War" depicts attentive, love-starved Nazi men ever so timidly and politely begging English women for some sugar; the coy English flirts only tease them in return. Lieutenant Walker all but gets on his knees to Zelda, the English girl of his dreams, who rebuffs him with all the coldness of a dominatrix: "You repel me." This scene is a killer Walker is the bad Nazi, and in this scene, you really want the writers to plumb the mysteries of evil. How could such a bad man love so purely? Can the love of a good woman save a bad man? There is no exploration of these themes. Like most other Island women, Zelda puts herself in compromising positions with a Nazi man, and then blows him off.
I'll say one thing for this series. After watching it years ago, I never forget Philip Glenister's performance. I studied it again when the series came out on DVD. He really is doing something special here, and one only wishes he had a better, more coherent, more integral role in which to work his mojo.
I'm halfway through this series on Netflix, and I am impressed. I never
heard of the channel islands, and the fact that they were thoroughly
English, and only 10 miles from Nazi French soil at the height of the
Battle of Britain is a piece of history I have missed. This is a very
unusual and interesting series.
I was pleased to see Joanna Froggart from "Downton Abbey". a very beautiful and talented actress, and the actress with the first name Saskia who plays Froggart's mother, is one of those heartbreakingly beautiful British actresses that eat cameras up.
Historically, the Nazis were SO bad, so incredibly evil and arrogant that it will never be politically incorrect to diss them anywhere, anytime, until, of course, American liberals decide to make it a sin to keep on dissing them. The Nazis in this series are chillingly demonic.
I liked the fact that CGI ME-109s and Stukas were shown in flybys, but as usual, the CGI boys know nothing of aircraft flight characteristics, and thus, the planes came in way too low and way too slow. Most of the explosions from the Stuka bombs were super chinzy, nowhere near as huge and destructive as a 500 lb bomb would be. This is a problem with CGI when they show combat flying and destruction---the planes look good--they just are not flying right---the flying parts are cartooney.
The Brits make great WWII movies---watch and enjoy---just admire the look of the aircraft depicted, and the look of the ladies in a great cast.
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The heroes and heroines in this movie were often so grossly inept it
was irritating to watch. Nevertheless, the paradox is that the series
effectively builds enough suspense to inspire watching in spite of the
bumbling actions of the Islanders.
It was near impossible to admire or like many of the characters in this series be they heroes, victims or villains. As expected the Germans were almost all villains in some form or another but the Islanders were for the most part bumbling idiots. The weak willed Senator is so incredibly senseless he actually convinces an equally senseless spy to turn himself in using an obviously half-baked scheme for cover. From the senile old grandmother who initially blows the spies cover to the friends and family who all too often take extraordinary risks to make casual contact with those in hiding, the Islander protagonists are a pathetic incompetent lot indeed. A real spy would have at best gagged or knocked unconscious his wailing partner and a competent mother and father would have assumed they were never free from prying eyes and ears.
The young German flyer evokes genuine sympathy while the rest of the Germans are clearly the bad guys. The Jewish girl, the Bobby and his wife are admirable. The rest of the Islanders I wouldn't trust to walk my dog.
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I watched this on DVD , all 6 episodes over 3 nights. All I can say is , What a disappointment ! What a load of claptrap ! The previous comment from Paradox was spot on. A stumbling, bumbling bunch of Islanders, who could not get out of their own way. A couple of "spies" who were so pathetic, they make you laugh. A bunch of milksop women, mothers and daughters alike, who could not wait to get their pants off with Germans, just weeks after their father was machine-gunned to death by German planes.(The Germans were not all so bad after all, you understand) . Good acting performances by Glenister as the brooding Colonel, and Lt. Walker the Nazi, who gets the hots for a Jewish girl. What a pity a potentially good plot was ruined by the Movie business's ever urgent need to turn everything into a soap opera. The pity here is the terrible anger that must be felt by real Channel Islanders, who lived through the hell of the German occupation, to see it portrayed this way. Don't waste your time on this clunker. It was irritating and frustrating to watch.
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