In this riveting chapter from history, a small, desperate group choosesto fight rather than go meekly to their slaughter--Uprising.September 1939. The Nazis force all 350,000 Jews in Warsaw into a tiny,enclosed area, the "Warsaw Ghetto," a place of starvation anddisease--then begin to systematically murder the entire population ofthe ghetto. But after seeing most of their friends and family die, asmall resistance movement--the Jewish Fighting Organization(JFO)--founded by teachers Mordechai Anielewicz (Hank Azaria) andYitzhak Zuckerman (David Schwimmer), young Tosia Altman (LeeleeSobieski) and others--fights back.In 1943, a little over 200 teenagers and children withstand an assaultby the most powerful army in the world.]]>
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When Poland fell to Nazi Germany the city's Jewish population was put into a walled in section of the city, thereby creating the ghetto. In the summer of 1942, after 300,000 Jews were deported from Warsaw to Treblinka the first reports of mass murder were heard in the Warsaw ghetto. Mordecai Anielewicz, then 23-years-old, and other young Jews formed the Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa (Jewish Fighting Organization), issuing proclamations calling for the Jewish people to resist being sent away in railroad cars to the death caps, and firing upon German troops trying to round by Jews for deportation.
The "Uprising" began on April 19, 1943, when German troops and police entered the ghetto and were repulsed by the fighters. It is believed that less than a thousand such fighters held off the heavily armed and better trained Germans for almost a month, using mostly pistols and Molotov cocktails, but on May 16 the revolt was finally crushed. Seven thousand of the 56,000 Jews captured were shot, and the rest were deported to either killing centers or concentration camps to be exterminated by the Nazis. At one point the Warsaw ghetto consisted of 450,000 human beings.Read more ›
The Jews walled up in the ghetto did not have huge arsenals of weapons and the people who became heroes were ordinary citizens -hence the lack of a huge cast of big-name stars is welcome. And the performances coaxed from the likes of Cary Lewes, as the sickeningly anti-semitic film-maker Fritz Hippler are worthy of praise. And it was a revelation to see David (Friends) Schwimmer turning in such a heart-rendering turn as one of the heroes of the revolt (and he gets full marks for a realistic but not-over-the-top accent).
Where the drama falls short - as all are bound to - is the inability to reveal the true horror these human beings were forced to endure - and for how long. A 10-part mini-series mihght give some idea of scale of time. The drama Tenko, about women interned by the Japanese, ran for three series! Also missing was the role played by very young children in getting information and food in and out of the Aryan side of Poland.
However, not enough people know enough about this dark period of history so Uprising should be seen.
Uprising brings to us everything that Schindler's List does: touching story, great cinematography, and good actors. However, instead of focusing on a middleman such as Schindler (German helping Jews), this film focuses on the Jews helping themselves.
The emotions were strongly carried through due to overall great performances from many actors: Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Donald Sutherland, and many more.
This is film of hope, love, and cherishing life while you have it, all while in the toughest of times. These people overcame enormous odds by standing up to the oppressive and barbarous reign of the Germans, and not unlike one of the German characters, we now have it on film. Moreover, it is a great film.
The credibility of the film is lost when the general Polish population is displayed as a disconcern when the ghetto burned as exhibited during the communion service in the Catholic Church. It is well documented that the Poles were filled with horror, sorrow, fear and helplessness towards the plight of the ghetto Jews. In reality, closing all Polish Catholic Churches would be in the best interest of the Germans since Churches provided a multitude of hiding places for Jewish survivors.
The film falsely depicts the Polish population as well-fed and prosperous under the German occupation while the ghetto suffered. Starvation was the norm for both Jews and Poles while Poles lived in constant fear of unexpected rounded-ups where Poles were murdered in the street or sent to forced labor camps. Normal life in Poland became upturned and violated.
Another impossible scene shows an anti-semitic Polish secretary in the Pawiak or German gestapo headquarters.Read more ›
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The movie was good but I believe parts were missing due to the occasional blackout periods and the play time didn't match the advertisement. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michael L. Ash
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The true story of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Most people think that Jewish people in Warsaw in that time were like cattle and afraid. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martin S. Zisser
Hate to say " Love it" for a bitter time in human history. Loved the movie. I would recommend it to any human that wants to learn a lesson of the power of a people united... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Otto
Very moving. Haven't seen this before. This is a great companion video to Schindler's List.Published 9 months ago by Vince Jordan
I came on this movie by chance. An intense movie, it kept my attention and the background extras were also of interest. Read morePublished 9 months ago by craig brammer