Wilhelm's death sentence has been mitigated to a transfer into a punitive battalion. The Wehrmacht now needs every man. In Russia, Charlotte and Wilhelm meet again - a disturbing encounter for both. ...
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In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »
Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well. Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in literature than warfare. Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte, a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Wehrmacht, also on the eastern front. While Greta is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, her Jewish boyfriend Viktor still cannot convince his parents to leave Germany... Valor and courage come to the fore, but also betrayal - of values, beliefs, humanity. Friedhelm turns into a soulless killing machine... Wilhelm deserts his troops and is court-martialed... Charlotte's Nazi ideology crumbles when she betrays a Jewish nurse helping the German army... Greta obtains papers for Viktor's escape by selling herself to an SS colonel. They and millions of ... Written by
I will not start to explain or describe any elements in the plot concerning the storyline. For one, the mini series can be compared to a painting. Words cannot describe emotions, as such I will not try to.
However, the series show a highly complex plot with an immensely emotional depth. Being based upon a true story, the series never fails to keep your attention. Something which is done very well especially considering its length (approximately 90min per episode - with a number of three in total).
You must bear in mind however, that it is NOT a Band of Brothers or the Pacific like series. As said it is very emotional, not one you would wish to watch on Friday night with the friends and family. Additionally, though the action is intense and convincing, it should not be your primary reason for watching. Acting is very much convincing, seeing the actors on screen is as reading a book, they do a perfect job in bringing the characters alive.
The series is both painful and beautiful. You will gain the most intense experience by watching it without any stereotypes. As such, it is important to neglect all negative comments and reviews below stating the series is offensive - in terms of portraying history. Those whom are offended by it, simply don't understand the series. I will not start a discussion thread, but depicting the series as offensive shows a lack of understanding, respect and gratitude to the actors, they perform a brilliant screenplay.
For those whom have seen Das Leben der Anderen / Der Untergang (The Lives of Others / The Downfall) it is a MUST see if you can get hold of it.
PS I'd advise you to watch it in German - but either way, it is exceptionally strong.
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