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While the movie's overriding message is one of vast sympathy for all the victims of Nazi persecution, the subtext, equally powerful, is the evanescence of live-performance art. The non-Jewish Harmonists, especially the bass, come across in a noble way that surely must characterize some ordinary German citizens of that time. This is a grand movie indeed! Note: A couple of the Harmonists were party animals, and the R rating comes from a few scenes with brief female nudity.
This movie works on many levels:
--It's a clear-eyed view of the growing racist changes in German society after Hitler comes to power. It shows how people didn't want to see what was happening around them.Read more ›
The movie does a great job of showing how the six men had very different personalities from each other but blended together to create incredible music. There was love and bitterness, friendship and joy. The group focusses on singing for their audience, but in the meantime the Nazi power grows.
There are three Jewish men in the group, and each one looks at his faith differently. There are also Jewish women involved with the men, and each situation causes friction and difficulty. The group gets more and more pressure to abandon its Jewish members.
The group does visit New York, where all but one member want to stay. Because of that one member, though, the group returns to Germany. Shortly after, they are banned from singing and the three Jewish members leave Germany permanently.
The actual group, the Comedian Harmonists, are still considered to be one of the greatest groups in Europe and their records are treasured. If you haven't heard of this group before, be sure to watch the DVD! The musical performances are a real treat and the story is quite moving.
The film focuses on the founding of the group, their difficulties as a growing group, their world success, to their eventual fall. It explores the conflicts within the group and the political tensions outside the group. The music is nostalgic, even to those who have never heard it before. The story is timeless. The action is gripping. The problem is real.
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This movie affected me so deeply that I can barely write about it. All the movies about war on a big scale stun us with their brutality and horror. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary E. Raimond
A wonderful film about a famous pop group, equivalent to The Beatles in pre WWII Germany. Well acted, great script. Subtitled in English and audio tracks in German and French. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. Visconti
Great music and story. The Comedian Harmonists were the Beatles or Michael Jackson of their day.Published 10 months ago by Charles A. Hardy
German film with subtitles. The touching story of a remarkable popular singing group out of the 1920s in Berlin. Fascinating story and beautifully acted by this German cast. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jerry F. Colet
Absolute fine Art and remake of the Original Comedian Harmonists. Their story and Music brings you
back in their time and world of Entertainment. Read more
have seen this movie many times and wanted my own copy. it had been on my dvr but i was running out of space.Published 21 months ago by carole saunders
Worth watching for the music, in an old fashioned, Hollywood-like re-creation. Excellent performances, but, except for the authentic recordings, "The Harmonists" is done... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Tarrytown
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