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Sophie Scholl - The Final Days
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THE TRUE STORY OF GERMANY'S MOST FAMOUS ANTI-NAZI HEROINE BROUGHT TO THRILLING, DRAMATIC LIFE.
Through its simplicity and scrupulous attention to historical detail, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days proves to be both thrillingly suspenseful and emotionally devastating. During the peak of the Third Reich, Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch, The Edukators), along with her brother Hans and other students in Munich, formed a resistance group called the White Rose and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets. Sophie Scholl begins on a crisp winter day, with Sophie and Hans distributing leaflets around the empty halls of a university before class is let out. The tension only increases as they are arrested, interrogated, and swiftly convicted in a brutal show trial. The heart of the film are the scenes between Sophie and her interrogator, Robert Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), a loyal Nazi who nonetheless respected and perhaps even admired Sophie. Their arguments, distilled down from hours of historical record, crackle with emotion and resonate throughout history, from Communist totalitarianism to the Bush administration condemning critics of the Iraq war as traitors. Jentsch's restrained performance only grows more and more moving over the movie's course. A deeply engaging and powerful movie. --Bret Fetzer
- "The Making of Sophie Scholl" hour-long documentary
- Thirteen deleted and alternate scenes
- Historical interviews about the real Sophie Scholl and The White Rose, including archival trial footage
- Insert featuring an interview with director Marc Rothemund
Top Customer Reviews
The climax is the court procedure with Freisler in the chair. The court atmosphere may be nearly unbelievable to those who are not familiar with the history of Nazi "jurisprudence". It shows very well what anybody could have found himself up against for "crimes" like distributing leaflets.
Some reviews are putting this small masterpiece on par with The Downfall which came out about the same time. I do not manage to agree. For me, the Downfall movie lacks the clarity of meaning that Sophie has. I found it rather disturbingly ambiguous, to the extent that I saw it as propaganda for the wrong side. There is no such doubt with Sophie.
Written by Fred Breinersdorfer based on documents from life and directed with enormous sensitivity by Marc Rothemund the film takes place in the last days of the lives of members of the anti-Nazi resistance movement The White Rose in 1943. Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch), her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) and their friend Christoph (Florian Stetter) are organizers for creating leaflets warning the populace of Germany of the ills ahead should Hitler and his Hessians remain in power. They are caught, imprisoned and interrogated. Sophie's interrogator Robert Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), though strong, does seem to understand Sophie's explanations for her denial of participation in the spreading of leaflets, but Sophie has the courage to speak out against the current government. Hans is likewise interrogated and when he confesses to the leaflet incident he is implicating both Sophie and Christoph and the three are brought before a vicious tribunal. Christoph pleads for his life and Sophie and Hans request that his life as a father be spared but the charges are made of iron and the three are convicted and immediately executed.
The fact that the story is true makes it all the more moving. Observing the inordinate amount of courage in standing firm for beliefs - especially in Sophie's case - is humbling for the viewer. How many of us, under similar circumstances would have that degree of conviction of ideals and bravery?Read more ›
Now, using the unpublished materials that were unavailable then, German director Marc Rothemund made another film based on this important episode in the German history. This time he gives stress to the realistic description of the last six days of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old college student who was arrested with her brother during the political activities against the Nazi in 1943.
Actually Sophie was only posting and scattering the anti-Hitler fliers in college campus, but that was enough for the Nazi; at first, however, they were not sure. Sophie is just an ordinary student, and the Nazi interrogator Robert Mohr was not convinced.
The film spends considerable time in depicting the dialogues between Sophie Scholl and Robert Mohr, and the rising tension between two real-life characters, supported by historical material and strong acting, is one of the most impressive parts of the film. Consequently the film becomes a bit talky sometimes, but both Julia Jentsch (`The Edukators') and Gerald Alexander Held did a fantastic job as two realistic persons with souls, without making them too saintly or monstrous.Read more ›
It's 1943, the Germans are losing untold numbers of their men in Stalingrad, the news has leaked into Germany about the Final Solution and the young and college educated are risking their lives and that of their families by distributing leaflets all over Europe discrediting the War and Hitler...which is considered a death penalty offense.
Sophie and her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) are caught and arrested and the bulk of the film deals with Sophie's interrogation by a government functionary, Robert Mohr (a sleazy, squirrelly Alexander Held).
For several days and until her brother Hans confesses, Sophie holds her own and even betters Mohr. Julia Jentsch is extremely effective in portraying Scholl's idealism and burning intelligence. Her Sophie is a leader, a firebrand: someone who accepts the consequences of her actions without remorse and without pointing fingers towards anyone but herself.
Too much of what Mohr spouts is pedantic, Nazi drivel whereas Sophie's responses are likewise pedantic, pie-in-the-sky and emotional. What makes their exchanges interesting is that they are based on official Gestapo records available only since German reunification. Despite all of this or maybe because of it, these interrogation scenes crackle with fire and truth: both Sophie and Mohr fully committed to their cause.
"Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage" along with the recent "Downfall" are more important as social statements rather than artistic ones. They are both shining examples of a country facing its past squarely in the face and recognizing and releasing its collective ghosts and demons: the first step towards redemption.
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“The early believers were not persecuted because the Romans were such bad people. In fact, according to the world’s standards, they were quite decent,” wrote Clarence Jordan. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Walter B. Cisco
I encountered an ad for this film (Amazon Prime). It was made in 2005, but I'd never heard of it. I highly recommend this film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin B
Much to my chagrin I never had heard of Sophie and Hans Scholl; watching this film I was glued to my set, it was as dramatic as can be; Julia Jentsch was incredible as Sophie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mstrunn
Should be required for every high school senior!!!, If we do not learn from the past we are doomed to repeat the deadly mistakes of the past.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
though im not catholic, this girl, did more to spread the gospel than well, most I knowPublished 3 months ago by rodney sweeney
One of my favorite movies. Did not know the back story. Worth finding out.Published 3 months ago by Leslie Weyl
A dramatization of a little-known event of internal resistance to the Nazi regime. Brilliantly done. Very dramatic and suspenseful.Published 4 months ago by Henry A. Ploegstra
Intense, incredible, true story. Gripping and chilling account of Nazi rebellion. A+++Published 4 months ago by puggy
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