Story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict. The first series of seven episodes tells the story of the first year of the war, starting with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the Battle of Britain. —AnonymusB
Why All the Reviewer Vitriol?
It is perplexing to watch the series and then come to the Internet Movie Database and see the strange series of vitriolic reviews condemning this sensitive and beautifully rendered take on World War II. Of course it is fiction. Nobody claims it is a documentary. But seeing Poland at the center of the Second World War and listening to characters speaking in the languages they would have spoken in life (German, French, Polish) is a refreshing break from watching Hollywood's versions of the war in which everyone twangs away in English, with the occasional unidentifiable accent. The re-creations of battle and resistance fighting is wrenching. The emphasis here is on the human toll of battle. I am bewildered by those who label it melodrama or schlock. The sets and recreation of the horrors of war are beyond excellent. It's a movie, people. Get over yourselves.
- May 4, 2020
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