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The Harmonists

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Filled with topflight performances and unforgettable music, this entertaining and critically acclaimed story was cheered by audiences everywhere! When Harry, a struggling but highly imaginative funnyman, forms a singing group with an unusual group of friends, "Ther HArmonists" go on to became an overnight sensation in prewar Germany. But as their wave of success inevitably collides with the nation's changing political tide, the group's members are forced to face unprecedented challenges that will try their wills and test their loyalty! An award winner at several prestigious film festivals- The Harmonists is another outstanding motion picture you don't want to miss!

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  • Actors: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Heinrich Schafmesiter, Max Tidof
  • Directors: Joseph Vilsmaier
  • Writers: Klaus Richter
  • Producers: Hanno Huth, Reinhard Klooss, Danny Krausz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2015
  • Run Time: 1 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Harmonists" on IMDb

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By A Customer on July 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie in the theater and on the video as well. It was more compelling on a big screen, of course, but it is watchable more than one time, also. The production values, score, musical dubbing and sets are first rate; the ensemble actors do a fabulous job of making the viewer believe it is really they who are vocalizing, not lip-synching. You grow to really enjoy these fellows as individuals during the course of the movie and you really care about what will happen to their lives. The other reviews mentioned how dramatic is the story line, but it is the developing team work of the singers which carries the momentum. from the first hilarious meeting-up scenes to the thrilling stage presentations of their performances. I can't recall feeling more flooded with emotion during a movie than while watching the scene of their last performance in a career cut short because of Nazi anti-Jew regulations in the 1930s. At the close of the movie, there is a reprise in which you get a written report on how their later lives turned out. It's quite surprising.
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.
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In 1927 in Berlin, Harry Frommermann (Ulrich Noethen), a poor, talented musician, puts an ad in a paper asking that anyone interested in forming a singing group meet with him. Robert Biberti (Ben Becker) shows up, equally poor but brash, confident, full of drive. Soon there are five of them, plus the piano accompanist. They are all young, all talented singers, all unknown. Frommermann is the creative force, choosing the songs and creating the vocal arrangements. And of the six, three are Jews (including Frommermann), and three are gentile (including Biberti). By the end of 1927 they have become a huge success in Germany as The Comedian Harmonists. The perform in white tie and tails, sing complex harmonies, all sorts of songs, and use their voices to imitate instruments. In the next few years their success extends to Europe and the United States. Some say, even now, that they are one of the greatest vocal groups of the century. After Hitler comes to power they are quickly banned from singing any songs written by Jews. Even so, they believe their popularity will provide them protection. At the end of a successful tour in the United States they debate about returning to Germany, but decide to go back where their friends and families are. In 1934, the group is banned from performing in public, and the Nazis strongly hint that the Aryan members of the group should reform without the Jewish members. Eventually the Jews leave Germany and the Aryan members stay put. Both form new groups but without any particular success. Both groups disband in 1941.

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.
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The Harmonists is a movie about the real life singing group which rose to fame during World War II. The group was torn apart by the Nazis and ended their brilliant career abruptly.
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.
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By A Customer on January 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Harmonists is a gripping tale about a group of singers and a piano accompanist who won the hearts of the world through their music. It is based on a true story, taking place in 1930 Berlin. In the advent of Nazism, the three Jewish members were prohibited from performing with them, and the group had to choose between music and politics. The actual recordings of the original group's music are used, with a deeply nostalgic effect. The music speaks to the heart, from joyous songs about springtime to sad farewell songs. Music is portrayed so powerfully that the Jewish leader of the group finds himself physically sick and unable to continue singing when the group attempts to fill a request from a major local Nazi leader.
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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