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Karel Hábl, Dana Vávrová, Thomas Kretschmann, Bohumil Svarc, Sylvester Groth, Pirjo Leppänen, Sebastian Rudolph, Dominique Horwitz, Jochen Nickel, Zdenek Vencl, Hynek Cermak, Martin Benrath, Karel Hermánek, Heinz Emigholz, Ferdinand Schuster, Oliver Broumis, Dieter Okras, Mark Kuhn, Thorsten Bolloff, Alexander Wachholz, J. Alfred Mehnert, Ulrike Arnold, Christian Knoepfle, Flip Cap, Jaroslav Tomsa, Pavel Mang, Otto Sevcík, Jophi Ries, Svatopiunk Ricanek, Otmar Dvorak, Thomas Lange, Karel Hlusicka, Alexander Koller, Petr Skarke, Cestmír Randa Jr., Jan Preucil, Aale Mantila, Theresa Vilsmaier, Janina Vilsmaier, Oliver Steindler, Jana Steindlerova, Kaja Hermanek,


Joseph Vilsmaier


  1. gradyharp from United States
    Jun 26, 2010

    '…62 men left out of 400': Realities from the German Stance

    STALINGRAD , released in 1993, remains one of the most brutally honest
    depictions of war on film. A brief history of the facts behind this
    film have been well stated: 'The Battle of Stalingrad was a major
    battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the
    Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in
    southwestern Russia. It took place between 17 July 1942 and 2 February
    1943, and is often cited as the turning point of the war in Europe. The
    German offensive to take Stalingrad, the battle inside the city and the
    Soviet counter-offensive–which eventually trapped and destroyed the
    German 6th Army and other Axis forces around the city–was the first
    substantial German land defeat of the war. The battle involved more
    participants than any other on the Eastern Front, and was marked by its
    brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties by both
    sides. It was amongst the bloodiest in the history of warfare, with the
    upper estimates of combined casualties coming to nearly two million.'
    The horror of this battle as written by Jürgen Büscher, Christoph
    Fromm, Johannes Heide, and director Joseph Vilsmaier manages to allow
    us to see the 'other side' of the German forces, those not committed to
    the Nazi hunger for world domination, but instead were simply men
    serving their required time in the army, hoping to return to their

    The film opens with a prelude: German troops of the 6th Army are
    languishing in Italy after their successful mission in North Africa.
    They are soon assigned to attack a port in Russia – a place called
    Stalingrad – and off they go to what is perceived to be another quick
    victory. The unit is directed by Lt. Hans von Witzland (Thomas
    Kretschmann, in a role that should have won him every award possible,
    so fine is his performance): he is a man who appears more human than
    soldier and indeed when his troop arrives in Russian territory he is
    appalled by the treatment of Russian POWs by German officers, a
    response that places him in a negative light with the Nazis. But
    Witzland is assigned to take a Russian strong hold with the close help
    of his group of fellow soldiers (played with extraordinary humanity by
    Dominique Horwitz, Sebastian Rudolph, Oliver Broumis et al). For a
    moment in time they are successful heroes but their commitment to the
    war is rapidly and fully eroded by the slaughter around them and the
    orders from the heinous Nazi officers to treat the Russians with less
    than dignity. They are threatened with death by firing squad for their
    humanity in attempting to give aid to the Russians being constantly
    attacked and only released form their prisoner status when the war
    appears to be aimed toward loss. There are many very tender moments
    between the 6th army and the Russians trapped by the siege of
    Stalingrad and as the bitter winter sets in the battle-weary soldiers
    are dying, committing suicide or attempting to escape and find their
    way back home. The over two hour study of the cruelty of war ends with
    a solemn statement, both emotionally and visually and the Battle of
    Stalingrad, a victory of the Russians, shows the defeat of the minds
    (and lives) of the Germans.

    The film is brave in its commitment to address the fact that the
    universal 'German image' of World War II is a negative one. This film
    focuses on individual ideals and the scarring that war, on both sides,
    leaves on the soldiers and people who survive it. Highly recommended.

    Grady Harp

  2. Joe Steward from United States
    Jun 20, 2010

    I liked it

    The best most realistic film on the battle for Stalingrad – No question
    about it! The effects are amazing and the story line as well. If there
    were high quality camera's back in the 40's this is what you would see
    on Stalingrad newsreels. This is not enemy at the gates which hardly
    shows battle footage,this movie is full of action. The only reason I
    give it 8 out of 10 is because of some of the weapons not being
    historically accurate – like the Russian's Mosin Nagant sniper
    rifle,the scope setup on it never was used in the Red Army its just a
    fake prop. But don't let this stop you from watching it – its an
    awesome film!

  3. BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA
    Jun 01, 2010


    On the eastern front of World War II a group of Wehrmacht soldiers,
    fresh from time off after a successful campaign in Africa eagerly
    proceed to their next line of duty: the Soviet city of Stalingrad, the
    site of history's most brutal battle. The film however is not so much
    about the battle and how the strategy from either side played out, but
    of the ordeal that these young men had to go through. After being
    subjected to what the viewer can only presume as much of the Third
    Reich's propaganda, many are eager to "fight communism" and "uphold
    western Christian tradition" but stronghold of brainwashing soon
    collapses like a brick wall of a bombed building.

    The production of the film is very impressive with a startlingly
    convincing display of the giant ruined city. Heaps of rubble, wrecked
    vehicles, bodies, sewers, and soon a savage winter. Humanizing the
    Wehrmacht has been a sort of taboo, especially in the US where German
    soldiers appear on screen all too often just to be shot. Some more
    films from more daring directors, like Peckinpah's "Cross of Iron" have
    had the guts to show "the bad guys" as humans caught up in a whirlwind
    out of their control. And not as the archetype of the "evil army" as
    the Wehrmacht is often perceived. For instance, there were no SS
    divisions at this battle, so politically fanatical Nazis are totally
    absent from this WW2 movie about the German Army… imagine that? To
    Americans this might come as a surprise. Now don't get all offended,
    your reading what an American has written.

    Secondly, it is not just the dreaded SS that is absent, but also
    iconography is not shown… or rather it just hasn't been ADDED as in
    movies like "Enemy at the Gates" have done so and, all too often, to
    more-than-slightly ridiculous extents. Giant swastikas on evil Nazi
    trains and imposing red stars on Soviet vehicles and banners… not
    here. HOWEVER, the Nazi swastika DOES make one key appearance – on the
    tail fin of a cargo plane, an outbound medical flight, the last plane
    out of the battleground. Wounded soldiers attempt to board the plane to
    be deservedly flown to safety, but in the chaos the plane leaves; the
    swastika leaves. The symbol that these men rallied behind to serve
    their country abandons them in the one moment when they need something
    from it. It is not just a scene of "war tragedy," it is outright
    betrayal. And it came after the most brutal battle in all of history.

    Without question one of the best war films of all time. — 9/10

    BsCDb Classification: 13+ — violence

  4. gmarshall-735-127309 from Germany
    May 11, 2010

    Much too one-sided

    For me as a German, the movie "Stalingrad" was disappointing as it
    fails to give a three-dimensional image of the Stalingrad battle.

    The Stalingrad battle is presented only from the German perspective and
    not once from the Russian one. Thus, ironically, the Germans are
    indirectly portrayed as the victims whereas the Russians are presented
    as the faceless enemy. It is almost forgotten throughout the movie that
    the Germans actually are the invaders and that the Russians are
    defending their own country. What is therefore missing is a depiction
    of the suffering of the civilian population and the Russian soldiers.

    The battle scenes, however, are well-produced and seem realistic from a
    technical and historical viewpoint and overall manage to portray the
    futility of the battle.

    To sum it up, the movie fails to give a three-dimensional image of the
    Stalingrad battle and therefore to some degree distorts the historical

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