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
The Stadelheim prison in Munich's Giesing district, where the execution of Sophie Scholl and many others (at least 1,035) took place during the Third Reich, is still in use as a prison as of 2014. Adolf Hitler had also been imprisoned here for a month in 1922. See more »
When Sophie goes to the bathroom at the police station, a boom mic is reflected in the mirror above the wash basin See more »
[they sing along to a Billy Holiday song broadcast by BBC London]
Sophie Magdalena Scholl:
I have to go.
[they take care to dial the radio to another station before turning it off]
What are you up to?
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German film is on its way again and this is another example. Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose, who distributed pamphlets against Hitler at the Munich university in 1943. That was of course suicide. Gestapo got them.
This is not only a recapitulation. Far from it. There is also a small but strong mini drama between Scholl and the Gestapo interrogator and despite the situation and what in the end can't be avoided, it's not clear who really wins that battle.
Very good acting by Julia Jentsch and Gerald Alexander Held here. A real nightmare and a perverse situation, but still taken out of life. This is not only drama. It is also possible.
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