An extraordinary performance of youth
Dir. Philipp Kadelbach, Germany, 2013, 270 min. German with English subtitles, digital.
Starring Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Miriam Stein, Katherina Schüttler, and Ludwig Trepte
Billed as a German Band of Brothers, the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.
Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) goes off to the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte (Miriam Stein), a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her Jewish boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) fights for his life while hiding among members of the Polish Resistance.
Through extraordinary performances, these five exceptional young German actors fill their archetypal characters with the certainty of youth, and then allow it to drain away slowly with each successive month of war.
Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this powerful German epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective.
This 270 minute feature is presented in two parts with an intermission between parts one and two.
A discussion with John Connelly, Professor of History at UC Berkeley will follow part two.
Part 1: 131 min.
Intermission: 15 min.
Part 2: 148 min.
Discussion following the screening
Is Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is currently director of the Institute for East European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies.
He received his BSFS from Georgetown University, MA (in Russian and East European Studies) from the University of Michigan, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
He has published Captive University: The Sovietization of East German, Czech and Polish Higher Education (Chapel Hill, 2000), which won the 2001 George Beer Award of the American Historical Association, and edited with Michael Gruettner Universities Under Dictatorship (State College, 2005).
Other work has appeared in Minerva, East European Politics and Societies, Geschichte und Gesellschaft, The Journal of Modern History, Slavic Review, The Nation, the London Review of Books, and Commonweal. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Spencer Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Fulbright-Hayes, the International Research and Exchanges Board.
He is on the editorial boards of Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropaforschung and Slavic Review, as well as the Kuratorium of the Imre Kertesz Kolleg in Jena.
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German with English subtitles
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