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Anti-Nazi Classics, Vol. 2

Klaus-Peter Thiele , Manfred Karge , Wolfgang Staudte , Kurt Maetzig  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Klaus-Peter Thiele, Manfred Karge, Kathe Braun, Erwin Geschonneck, Paul Esser
  • Directors: Wolfgang Staudte, Kurt Maetzig, Falk Harnack, Joachim Kunert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CQJS6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Anti-Nazi Classics Vol. 2

A film by Wolfgang Staudte

Ranked as one of Germany's most important films ever, Rotation is the story of a German family that becomes divided over supporting the Nazis. The father considers joining the Nazi party purely to improve his finances. But after he helps print resistance leaflets, his son, a Hitler Youth member, betrays him. After the war father and son meet again.

Another Wolfgang Staudte (The Murderers Are Among Us) classic, Rotation was awarded with the Golden Leopard at the 1954 Locarno Film Festival, and censored by the Soviets because of its pacifist message and footage from Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia.
(1949; 84 minutes; B&W; German w/English subtitles)

Council of the Gods
A film by Kurt Maetzig

Based on testimony from the Nuremberg Trial of chemical giant I.G. Farben, this is the story of the collaboration between international corporations and Nazi scientists, whose research contributed to the death of millions. The film focuses on a chemist who embraces political neutrality, closing his eyes to the fact that poison is being produced in his factory - poison to be used in the gas chambers of the concentration camps.

Featuring the electronic sounds of Oskar Sala (Hitchcock's The Birds), the film is powerful in its depiction of the moral dilemmas of the war, as well as of Cold War propaganda.
(1950; 111 minutes; B&W; German w/English subtitles)

Axe of Wandsbek, The:
A film by Falk Harnack

Germany 1934: the Nazis need a hangman to put a group of political prisoners to death. Teetjen, the town butcher, makes the biggest mistake of his life: facing bankruptcy, he agrees to do the dirty deed.

The Axe of Wandsbek was the only DEFA film made by Falk Harnack, a former anti-Nazi resistancefighter, who was interested in exploring the involvement of the middle class in Nazi crimes. It was the first East German film ever to be banned. The film is adapted from one of the most important works by German Jewish author Arnold Zweig; basing the story on a real event, Zweig wrote the novel in 1943, in exile in Palestine. Script by Wolfgang Staudte (The Murderers Are Among Us, Rotation, The Kaiser's Lackey).
(1951; 111 minutes; B&W; German w/English subtitles)

Adventures of Werner Holt, The
A film by Joachim Kunert

WINNER! Special Prize, 1966 Carthage Film Festival
WINNER! Special Prize, 1965 Moscow Film Festival
WINNER! Special Diploma, 1965 Edinburgh Film Festival
Presented at the 1965 Cannes International Youth Film Festival

Two 17 year-olds, Werner and his best friend Gilbert, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. While Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier, Werner begins to understand the senselessness of war. A political and artistic masterpiece, the film was voted one of the 100 most important German films of all time.
(1964; 164 minutes; B&W; German w/English subtitles)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Important And Powerful Set Of German Classics October 20, 2011
When the first DVD compilation of these "Classics" arrived in June, I was pretty excited by the films included in the mix. Just from a historical perspective, that set boasted two essential movies: "Naked Among Wolves" (the first German film to deal directly with life inside a concentration camp) and "The Murderers Are Among Us" (the first feature film produced in post-war Germany). With "I Was Nineteen" and "The Gleiwitz Case," the set was as solid and noteworthy as could be. I was decidedly less familiar with he titles included in Volume Two and slightly more skeptical of the classic label being bandied about--but, I must say, I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of the films included. Three of the pieces are incredibly strong and hold up well today and the remaining film is an eclectic mix of post-war recriminations and Cold War propaganda. If interested in the topic, I would consider this another winning collection. I wish the quality of the prints had been stepped up from their initial DVD releases because they leave a lot to be desired, but I'm just happy to have the films on DVD at all.

The Adventures of Werner Holt (5 Stars): A big and bold personal epic, I was not familiar with "The Adventures of Werner Holt" prior to viewing the film. It is an ambitious character piece that really stands as an excellent anti-war classic of disillusionment. At almost three hours, it is a sometimes harrowing story of a boy and his best friend being conscripted into the army at seventeen. Told in flashback as the war comes to an end with the Reich's last stand against the advancing Russians looking more and more futile, the film shows just how our heroes got into such a predicament.
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A collection of very well done films from 1950s Germany . each one an amazing tale .. never a dull moment .. A must for any war film collector.
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