Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin

DVD - 2017
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How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, they begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city.
Publisher: New York, NY :, IFC Films,, [2017].
[Orland Park, IL] :, MPI Media Group
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Summary: How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, they begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city.

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jimg2000
Sep 06, 2017

Learned of the real characters Otto and Anna Quangel and their courageous anti-Hitler postcard campaign during WWII. Excellent acting and engaging subplots on the lives of Berliners but the film lacked suspense on how the two protagonists managed to escape the net cast by a seemingly very clever policeman, eyes of ubiquitous SS officers and Nazi sympathizers over the course of three years.

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mjwest58
Aug 30, 2017

Excellent film. Great performances by all lead actors. It did make me think about the rise of extreme right wing sentiment all over the world and the importance of resistance before totalitarianism takes hold. The film beautifully portrays the difficulty of living in such repressive conditions.

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Josie2526
Aug 02, 2017

This movie is not based on a specific couple although there were people in Berlin doing small acts of resistance. The penalty was death. Under a totalitarian regime everybody lives in gut-clenching fear. Anyone can denounce you, a person who is jealous, has a small grievance, to gain an advantage. Even those putatively in power can lose their grasp and so even they are in fear.

Almost always movies are not as good as the books they are based on -- too much has to be eliminated to fit into 2 hours. The book was almost forgot-to-breathe suspenseful and the movie does its best. A very good effort in my opinion.

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LauraSteinert
Jul 24, 2017

Yet another supposedly "based on fact" movie to try to tell us that Nazis were bad. Yes, another movie where the actors speak with an accented English to remind us that WWII happened in Europe, not the USA. Although the hero speaks English with a think, not very good German accent, he writes in German (so we get subtitles). Why? So annoying I can't even remember if there was any point to the story. Except Nazi = bad, and that whole theme is destroyed in the last 2 minutes of the film. Let's all feel sorry for the poor Nazis who were just following orders, okay?

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joseph
Jul 22, 2017

Interesting story about couple dealing with the loss of their son during the Nazi era; sympathetic characters in the midst of pure evil.

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nellybells
Jul 19, 2017

Alone in Berlin is the European title of Every Man Dies Alone. Same book. I reviewed Every Man here at SIL and consider it the greatest novel about daily life in Nazi Germany by a non-Jewish German. The movie must needs compress the story or else it would run about 6 hours.

Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson seem an unlikely couple. They play their characters as gray, dull, almost affect-less people as they go about trying to do damage to power. They are almost invisible and they have to be or else their minuscule bit of resistance will have them killed if caught. The colors are drab, and their life is drab except for this one thing they do together.

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jimg2000
Sep 06, 2017

You know what they called me in the courtroom, don't you? No? Cold-blooded Fromm. I have a mistress whom I obey. Her name is justice.
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"Hitler's shadow falls over Europe like the devil's shadow. Pass this card on.
Down with the Hitler regime."
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"Mother. The fuhrer murdered my son. Mother. The fuhrer will murder your sons, too."
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"Pass the information. Join the free press. Fear has taken control of you. Kill it. Kill Hitler."
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"Each thought against the national socialists is like sand in the criminal war machine. Pass on this card. Free press."
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"How many children have to die? Fear is their only weapon. Free press."
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"Help us to put an end to the criminal war machine. Free press."
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Do I look like someone who would let his wife dictate things to him?

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