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Tue, Aug 1, 2017 4:19 PM

Live Poll: WWII Movies From a Nazi German Perspective

Thousands of movies have been made about World War II (nearly 6,000 movies listed in IMDb mention WWII as one of their plot keywords). Almost all of them were made from the point of view of the Allied Forces. Very few movies show the second world war from the perspective of Nazi Germany. Which WWII movie, made from a Nazi German point of view (*), did you enjoy most?

(*) story told from a German perspective, not movies that sympathize with Nazi Germany

List: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020577802/
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/Al5pGD-ivGA/

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Maybe it's a nitpick, but I would recommend putting a "/" between Nazi and German, these movies could never have been successful had they fully embraced the Nazi ideology. in Das Boot, they were Nazis by the uniform, but there were many hints left about the contempt the officers had toward the regime, maybe it was an artistic license but nonetheless it simplified the rooting process.

Even Der Untergang shows the torments of the German people as the hostages and latest victims of the Nazi regime and in the Boy With the Striped Pajamas, the main character is a Nazi's son but still, a good German boy.

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Valkyrie (2008)

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I don't know if this fits your topic but "The Enemy Below" tells the battle from both side's viewpoints.

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There's also the famous opus of Rosselini's War Trilogy: Germany: Year Zero, sure it's set during the aftermath (1948 but the film takes place much earlier) but it's the first movie to show the devastating effects on War on civilians, especially German children

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In thinking of Curd Jürgens, I can accross two films that sound interesting to watch and were highly rated but with a very damn low vote totals which is common for films from the 1950's on the IMDb, specially for non-English speaking movies. I think you should get probably someone's, who had seen these films, opinion on them.

The simple one first. "The Last Bridge" or "Die letzte Brücke" (1954) , 7.4 rating, and 275 votes. "A German nurse gets sent to the front because she gives medical aid to a wounded Serbian partisan during World War II." The IMDb user reviews on this are good.

The other is "The Devil's General", 7.4 rating, 879 votes. Great reviews and one of Curd Jürgens' signature roles. It is a filmed version of a play based the life of Udet who was the highest ranking surviving German flier of WW1 who in his love of flying, doing aerial stunts and to build airplanes made the mistake to agreeing to a deal from Gehrig that Udet become a member of the Nazi Party in order for him to continue flying. Even Udet said that in order to keep flying, one has to make a deal with the devil; therefore, the origin of the title of the play, "Des Teufels General" "The Devil's General". Udet was one of the first to realize that the Germans couldn't keep up production of the airplanes he designed, that the Nazis used him for publicity, and that Germany was going to lose the war in the time when Germany was at it's highest winning position in WW2, 1941. He shot himself Nov. 16, 1941. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=itmAdu7...

In the movie, Udet is called "Gen. Harry Harras" and the plot summary goes like this, "1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However his outspoken critical attitude at social occasions awakes hopes from opposition and suspicion from the Nazi party. He suddenly finds himself approached and arrested by the Gestapo, who psychologically torture him. Next his position is threatened by technical aircraft trouble he'll be blamed for but may result from sabotage."
I just put them on my watch list.

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My favorite: Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (2005)

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Many good ones. I liked the portrayal of the young boy discovering the reality he lives in, in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

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4 y ago

Das Boot (1981),

I was glad too see
The Enemy Below (1957) on the list, both sides, Battle of the Bulge (1965) should be added too, but seems to be a slippery slope as the qualifier should is equal time given to both sides.

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A must add is  Conspiracy (Movie 2001).

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Maybe you should clarify in the intro that the poll is not about movies that sympathize with Nazi Germany, so there are no misunderstandings.

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4 y ago

May I suggest 49th parallel (1941) A best Picture Oscar nominee and probably the first film made from a German perspective and with Nazi characters in starring role, following a crew of germans trying to escape from Canada where they are stranded.

I liked the film very much and recommend it.

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4 y ago

I would second anything Pencho suggests

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The list is ready.

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