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Firestorm (2003)

Michael Kloft , Joerg Friedrich , Michael Kloft  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Kloft, Joerg Friedrich, Richard Overy
  • Directors: Michael Kloft
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016AU87S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After suffering heavy losses of aircraft during attacks on German factories, Winston Churchill orders cities to be targeted in order to smash German morale and reduce the number of workers available for the Nazi war machine. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians are killed as incendiary bombs turn the center of cities like Hamburg and Dresden into tornados of fire. Sixty years later, a new debate is underway over the reasons for this lethal bombing campaign. Were these relentless aerial attacks on German cities, which killed so many and destroyed so much, a necessary tactic in the war against Hitler? Or was it an act of revenge by the British and Americans? Using rare film footage (much of it in color) and stirring interviews with historians, former bomber pilots and survivors of the destruction, this extraordinary film brings to light the devastating allied air campaign against Nazi Germany.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A new film by Michael Kloft, writer of "The Goebbels Experiment", Firestorm is a documentary about the lethal bombing campaigns that the Allies carried out against Nazi Germany. Winston Churchill specifically ordered cities to be targeted after attacks on German factories resulted in heavy aircraft losses; the objective was to crush German morale and reduce the number of workers that could power the Nazi efforts to make war. Civilian casualties were devastating. Firestorm includes rare, historic film footage, (much of it in color), along with interviews of historians, former bomber pilots, and survivors of the relentless assault. Bonus features include amateur film footage of Germany in ruins, and a filmmaker biography. An uncompromising look at the full might of the allied air campaign against Nazi Germany, and an oft-overlooked perspective of the Allies' brutality in war, which leaves the viewer to decide whether or not the extreme measures were necessary. 93 minutes, black-and-white and color.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Footage, Interviews with Amazing Detail February 23, 2010
You will view the real horrors of war when you view this video by Michael Kloft. Firestorm is very educational and very sobering. When you think of all the wonderful cities that were destroyed on both sides of this war and in the many wars before and after, you have to think, just how much culture and artifacts of our civilization has been wasted along with the rediculously high loss of life.

Matched with Kloft's excellent movie, The Reich Underground, Firestorm gives you a sense of why the German War Machine was moved underdground and just how many people had to flee for their lives.

Interestingly, many ask the question 'Why are they doing this to us?' Fascinating to me was a scene where in Eastern Germany, where one port city with refugees from the east, ie. Poland, were fleeing from the Russian onslaught, were bombed as they sat waiting for where they would move to after leaving the ships and boats that brought them there. One woman is asking the question above, Why? She herself was probably very young if alive at all when her parents would have at least seen atrocities against the Poles and others earlier in the war and before. No, it was not good that many of these cities were razed to the ground and to rubble, especially at the later dates of the war.

The sheer brutality of the Firestorms were were got to me. War is not glorious in the least, and this was a shame on the Allied efforts in the long run.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Firestrom September 8, 2008
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Having lived what was reported on it is accurate and is one of the very few programs produced by the former WW-II Allies whhich questions the value of the bombing program and also brings to light the revenge factor, which most Germans have always felt was the main underlying reason for the attacks late in the war.
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