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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (original title)
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A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

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Sophie Scholl
Alexander Held ...
Fabian Hinrichs ...
Johanna Gastdorf ...
André Hennicke ...
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Maximilian Brückner ...
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Lilli Jung ...
Klaus Händl ...
Lohner
Petra Kelling ...
Jörg Hube ...
Franz Staber ...
Maria Hofstätter ...
Wärterin
Wolfgang Pregler ...
Jakob Schmid
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The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. Written by Diaboyos

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$701,656 (Germany) (4 March 2005)

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$676,167 (USA) (11 August 2006)
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This film's opening prologue states: "This film is based on historical facts, as yet unpublished transcripts, and new interviews with witnesses." See more »

Goofs

During the interrogation in which Sophie refers to the mentally ill children: When the interrogator shouts "God does not exist!" and moves to the window, the camera views Sophie from the side. At this stage, her left elbow is on the table, with her left hand hanging down. She then places her right hand on the table. When the camera angle shifts to the front view, her left hand is suddenly on the table, and her right hand is not yet on the table. She lifts it up to push the coffee cup away. See more »

Quotes

Hans Scholl: Tomorrow, you will be sitting in our places.
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Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Voiceless
Written by Christoph Gracian Schubert
Performed by Christoph Gracian Schubert
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Truly Moving Picture
14 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on February 14th, 2006 in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

The place and time are Nazi Germany of 1942-43. Germany is starting to have serious war setbacks like their huge loss and immense casualties at Stalingrad, and the allies, consisting of England, the United States, and Russia, are united in the destruction of the Third Reich. Within Germany, the opposition to Hitler, the Gestapo, and fascism is laughably small. Students with mimeograph machines try to educate and motivate other students to rally and protest. These students have to do this clandestinely because their activities are considered high treason and there is no freedom of speech or assembly.

Sophie Scholl and her older brother Hans are caught distributing subversive, anti-Hitler literature. The film focuses on the 21 year old Sophie, and she is NOT the weaker sex. She is interrogated for days and she is a spectrum of people far beyond her years; i.e., young, afraid, conniving, brave, docile, belligerent, religious, tough, tender, mature, etc.

The film is shot in color, but the color is heavily muted and it looks almost black and white. That is appropriate because the film plays as much as a documentary and as it does as a fictional drama. In fact, this story is based on a true story.

We live in a time when the head of Iran thinks the Holocaust didn't happen. It is moving to see that at least some young people in Germany during World War II were ashamed and disgusted by their country's murder of Jews, the mentally ill, gypsies, and women and children of occupied countries.

Sophie's religious beliefs were inspiring. She did not blame her God and she did not feel forsaken. God was simply her strength that she humbly called upon when she needed it most.

This film appears to have been made with a low budget. But, the impact is as powerful as large-budgeted films with similar themes like "Schindler's List" and "A Man For All Seasons." It has been nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Picture this year. And…it deserves the nomination.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.


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