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Film Review: World War II Gets the ‘300’ Treatment in ‘Stalingrad’

Chicago – It does not take even a high school history class to understand the liberty used in “Stalingrad’s” presentation of its title siege. Boasted as the highest-grossing Russian movie ever, this IMAX 3D event is the country’s own adaptation of the hero glorification seen in “300”.

..complete with copious slow motion and overflowing testosterone. Made with great pride but also a somewhat goofy sense of war, “Stalingrad” is as irreverent with its filmmaking style as it is reverent to the country’s glory.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Framed as a bedtime story passed on from a Russian humanitarian worker to a German woman trapped after a Japanese tsunami, “Stalingrad” focuses its title event around the lives of a few World War II Russian soldiers, and the woman whose crumbling apartment building they are living in. The year is 1942, and the Germans are ready to take over the city of Stalingrad to begin
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Director Fyodor Bondarchuk and Producer Alexander Rodnyansky Talk Stalingrad, Inspiration behind the World War II Story, and Unique Production Challenges

Opening in the U.S. in February, Stalingrad is Russia’s official entry for the 86th Academy Awards and the first Russian motion picture to be presented in IMAX 3D. The film tells the epic story of the 1942 battle on the bank of the Volga River that changed the course of World War II and the people who managed to preserve their humanity under inhuman conditions. Directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk, the drama stars Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina, Philippe Reinhardt, Heiner Lauterbach, Pyotr Fyodorov, Mariya Smolnikova, Aleksey Barabash, Andrey Smolyakov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Dmitriy Lysenkov, Oleg Volku, and Yuriy Vladimirovich Nazarov. In an exclusive interview, Bondarchuk and producer Alexander Rodnyansky talked about what inspired them to tell a traditional World War II story in a new and visually powerful way with IMAX 3D, how they worked with a talented ensemble of actors to bring the story to life, the unique production challenges they encountered,
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