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(I) (2008)

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The film was shot in a remote, wooded area in Lithuania, about a hundred miles away from the real location of the Bielski brothers camp.
The pistol Daniel Craig has in this film is a real Russian made pistol and dates back to World War One, which was found in an armory in England.
The location for the birch woods in the film was found using Google Earth.
Extras were brought in and asked to strip naked for the scene where Aron stumbles upon the mass grave at the beginning of the movie.
The village in the opening sequence is actually a living-museum in Lithuania created by the Russians.
The object the Bielskis take from their house is a mezuzah, a piece of parchment (often contained in a decorative case). A mezuzah is affixed to the door-frame of Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to inscribe the words of the Shema "on the door-posts of your house". The parchment is inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21). These verses comprise the Jewish prayer "Shema Yisrael", beginning with the phrase: "Listen, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One."
The German tank which appears near the end of the film is a replica of a Panzer III which was created by modifying a Swiss Panzer 61 tank. It was one of two such vehicles previously used in Enemy at the Gates (2001).
At the very beginning of the movie (around 40 seconds in), after the "Germany occupies Belarussia" information, there is a shot of a column vehicles entering the bridge. This is an excerpt from the Nazi war film chronicles ("UfA-Tonwoche") from September 1939. It shows Adolf Hitler's visit to the conquered Polish city of Gdynia, Poland's pre-WWII biggest military and merchant harbor. Specifically, it is the moment when Hitler's convertible car crosses overpass on the way to the harbor part of the city.
The film was kick-started some year's earlier when Edward Zwick was given Zus Bielski's (1912 - 1995) obituary to read from the 'The New York Times'.
Some of the internal walls of the living museum's had to be painted with a matt-gloss covering to protect the walls from damage from fake blood.
The makers considered shooting in Poland and Romania before settling upon Lithuania.

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