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 ... See full summary »
During the Second World War, a small group of students at Munich University begin to question the decesions and sanity of Germany's Nazi government. The students form a resistance cell ... See full summary »
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
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
In January 2014, the guillotine which was used to behead Sophie Scholl and other opponents of the regime, was rediscovered in the basement of the Bavaria National Museum in Munich. It had been locked away due to its gruesome nature and could be identified without a doubt. The last remaining member of the White Rose group, Franz Josef Müller, 89 years old at the time of the discovery, is against public exhibition of the guillotine, which he thinks to be entertainment. See more »
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 »
[to the court]
If you and Hitler weren't afraid of our opinion, we wouldn't be here.
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The story of one of the rare opposition movements in Germany during World War II, entitled The White Rose. The story traces the last days of Sophie Scholl, whose moral stature and courage are admirably brought to life. As far as the script, I'll remember more than anything the extraordinarily intelligent dialog between the main character and the policeman interrogating her. This film isn't just a historical reconstruction; it's also a plea against the fanaticism and right-wing extremism against which not only German-speaking countries have to fight. In this sense, this short episode (four days) about life in Munich in February 1943 takes on a universal dimension.
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