A D-Day-Movie with a touch of romance? Here it is and this is how they do it: Captain Parker, waiting aboard an american battleship for the attack on the normandy. Usually the war would begin now. Not in this one: A flashback brings Robert Taylor back to england, where he fell in love with an old british general´s daughter, played by Dana Wynters. The most dangerous mission of the movie: Taylor, the captain, has a wife at home in the states while the english girl has a husband (Colonel Winter). When she tells him it´s over, he has to return to his unit on the ship. Surprise: Leader of the unit is Colonel Winter. 80 minutes of romantic flashback end here. Parkers´men land on the section of omaha beach. Winter kicks a bucket and dies, Parker (Taylor) gets his girl, america wins the war.
under the sea. Juergen Prochnow in the role of the "Kaleu" that
made him known throughout the world. Wolfgang Petersen
directed this crown of all submarine movies ever done. Nothing
can describe the fear inflicting, nameless horrors of the
claustrophobic atmosphere aboard U 96 on its mission. This
movie is history itself and will never be defeated - in contrast to the
crew of U 96: When they return from their odyssee through fear
and relief, all but one of them get killed while being welcomed by
"Das Boot" exists as the classic cinema movie, there also is a
TV-series and a Director´s Cut out. One last hint: The german
original version beats the english translation, which has terribly
poor dialogues including classical Hollywood-Nazilanguage; the
kind of talking that never happened in the third reich but only in
black & white-minded war movies...
reality: Richard Widmark as a platoon leader conquering the
pacific island of okinawa. From the long waiting time before the
attack on the battleship, to the landing operation on the shores of
okinawa, to the painful losses of his men, we follow these serious
looking americans. Their faces seem motionless and two of the
officers, including Widmark, have psychosomatic war syndroms.
The killing is no fun in this movie, the dying is no fun to watch. All in
all, not very entertaining, but a lesson in war, much more realistic
than later US-movies on the same topic.
loving leader of his people, once free and now held hostage by an
evil army, has to be liberated by a commando: the senior allstars
of england´s movie actors. Britain´s proud sons on their way
through the boot camp and later on, the woods of the dark
continent. Men with faces like these are made for battles! It seems
to me that I know all of them: From the "Battle of Britain" or "A
Bridge to far" I can´t exactly remember. Still, I like these guys a lot,
even though they glorify war and chauvinist ideology in this one. I
know, I know... But who could judge Roger Moore and Richard
Burton for these crimes?
both in german and in international perspective a true war hero:
Fieldmarshall Rommel, this famous desert fox of the legendary
africa corps. A soldier and also part of the resistance in the third
reich´s military class.
Focussing on the war years, we follow him to his triumphs against
the giant allied war machine: Tactical skills and unconventional
warfare made him famous for winning in no-win situations. When
involving in the resistance movement, the trouble begins. In the
end he is taken away by the secret service, being remembered as
a man of honor. James Mason is a superb character playing the
where the soldiers were sent, who could not be tolerated in nazi
germany´s army - for there political backgrounds or other reasons
and confessions. In general they were labeled as criminals.
These commandos had to accomplish most dangerous missions. Many times these missions ended up in "Himmelfahrtskommandos", that led these men straight to their
graves. Bataillon 999 tells the story of these man. Interesting real
live background, though the characters described have their
weaknesses. The story of this movie is from a book by german
writer Konsalik, also known for other novels on worldwar 2.
1984 when I was fifteen years old, it came to our town. German
politics back then were very careful when making clear statements
and very soft and weak while corresponding with other nation´s
leaders. The only strength allowed was the enormous financial
wealth of our country. By that time, many germans demonstrated
against american missiles and there was a lot of discussion
going on in the schools. Patriotism was something for the radical
underground and the german guilt to me seemed to be a daily
topic... Still the silent majority of people, non-intellectuals, working
class and small business people felt a lot different about these
things. To me, this movie said it all! It expressed my hate for the
russians invading afghanistan, my disgust for the public and
politicians who back then seemed to be a bunch of week
Now, things are different and the picture is not more than an action
movie, way too long to hold the tension over the whole distance...
Still to me it remains as a symbol for these days, when politics
were a daily topic in my life... I warned you this one would be
The story of the movie is not all that important... What matters is the great heinrich george, the rich colours, the hateful atmosphere of the movie - and the tragedy of reality as a background: Shortly after the making of "kolberg" was finished, germany was finished either:
The movie has a romantic perspective on a reactionary, aggressive, irrational and leader-oriented ideology... Not too far away from John Wayne, though I find him very entertaining as a green beret, either.
Some of the acting from todays point of view seems melodramatic and the perspective towards General Paulus and other officers in high ranks is a lot different from how historians of the nineties would describe them. The movie gives an impression of a group of men, who keep fighting though they have already lost. I like the movie, still thirteen years was probably too short to get the point really...