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“SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT” In Select Theaters and VOD

March 27th, 2021 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A mystery thriller centering on the pre-WWII invasion of Great Britain, Six Minutes to Midnight follows one of the most insidious plans of Hitler’s dictatorship. Nicely filmed, directed and written, the film has an acting tour-de-force that makes their characters believable. Not a documentary, but based on true events account of Hitler’s strategy is what makes the film historical. If you are looking for a good drama that keeps the tension high, this 99 minute film should get you involved and provide some excellent distraction from your day. Read more…

“Come What May” (Written Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

September 30th, 2016 No comments
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“The German offensive of May 10, 1940 drove almost 8 million people from their homes, one of the largest displacements of people in the twentieth century. To my mother, a young girl among those who took to the roads”- Director Christian Carion

 

 

Review by John Delia

With many World War II films out there on video, another foreign made movie has entered local theatres with a different take. It’s a heart ‘tuger’ based on a true life happening titled Come What May. It features the French people and two German refugees fleeing their home country. The war drama shows how large numbers of innocent people had to flee the murderous onslaught by the Nazis. Read more…

The People vs Fritz Bauer (Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

September 15th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Taking a closer look at the effects of WWII on the German “final solution”, the film The People vs. Fritz Bauer adds another true story for all to see. Intriguing and convincing the film’s not a documentary but more of a biography of a man who helped to insure that his beloved country would never take the despotic road to ruin again. Read more…

Run Boy Run (Film Review & Trailer)

October 9th, 2015 No comments

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Review By John Delia

Opening in theaters this weekend is the daring and courageous true story of a young boy who out foxed the Germans during WWII Poland for four years. The film digs deep into the heart of the young man who wouldn’t give up even in the face of death. If you see one foreign film this year, make it be Run Boy Run, it will stay with long after you have left the theater. Not enough can be said of the atrocities that took place in Europe during the most diabolical era of mankind that defined genocide and depicted man’s inhumanity to man. Read more…

“The Railway Man” Facing Your Fears (Film Review)

May 1st, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Taking a closer look at a true story about a prisoner of war, The Railway Man enters the indie market in the United States.  The Australian made film has all the trappings of a compelling drama, but drags and lacks compassion as an example of war crimes. Told in flashbacks in gritty detail, the film opens old wounds of mistreatment by the Japanese during World War II.  While it’s a gripping film, especially the scenes in the concentration camp, the message gets lost in translation. Read more…

Lore, a Heartwrenching Story of Abandoment and Survival (Film Review)

March 14th, 2013 No comments

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Review by John Delia

One of the most sensitive and disturbing themes fuels Lore, a mesmerizing drama opening this weekend in theaters.  It’s about the opposite side of the coin when Germany gets taken by the Allies during WWII. Seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old German girl, this film takes you on a journey that will shock, outrage and sadden. Read more…

Nicky’s Family, an Amazing Heroic Deed (Film Review)

January 11th, 2013 No comments

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Not every stone has been turned about the atrocities on WWII and the people who stood up against the Nazis to make a difference in the world.  Nicky’s Family gets released in the United States this weekend and the touching documentary reveals a little known event in history that saved nearly 700 children destined for  gas chambers just before the war broke out in Czechoslovakia.  The heartfelt film is inspirational, important to all audiences and necessary as a warning that freedom cannot be taken for granted.

Nicky’s Family plays out in documentary form with reenactments delving into how by chance one man can change destiny for children earmarked for death. From a scrapbook found in the attic of Sir Nicholas Winton and using home movies, movie news footage, snap shots and dramatizations we enter the world of Czechoslovakia in 1938.   Read more…

In Darkness, Review by John Delia

April 5th, 2012 No comments

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Review by John Delia

One of the most compelling true stories has opened in theaters.  The World War II film is called In Darkness and tells the incredible story of the attempted slaughter of Jews in a Polish city.  Intolerable, painful and realistic the tragic attempted extermination shows the heroism of some Polish citizens who sacrificed their own well being for the sake of others.  

The account of the happenings over a 14 month period in 1943 Poland involve Leopold Socha (Robert Więckiewicz) a sewer worker and petty thief trying to survive in a time of a forced depressed economy devised by the Nazis to keep control over the city. Along with his friend the two pilfer from unoccupied dwellings and anywhere they can find something of value left behind by murdered Jews.  

The Russians are closing in on the city and the Nazis are slowly moving out leaving the stench of death in their wake.  Leopold comes up with a plan to try and save as many Jews as he can in the sewers where he works for their money and jewels.  The sewers are filthy but the Jewish families he has gathered see no escape other than this.  When Bortnik (Michal Zurawski), an old friend and high level Ukrainian Officer complicit with the Nazis offers Leopold a deal to search the sewers for Jews, things start to take an unexpected turn that puts him and his own family in jeopardy.

Jewish woman flees German capture during a roundup

The sets, cinematography and special make-up are creative depicting the filth and claustrophobic underground in which the Jewish families had to hide.  The endless tunnels create a labyrinth that unless one knows how to navigate the system, it may develop into a tragedy, especially for the youngsters of the group.  The stench and unsanitary conditions in which they had to live create a queasy feeling.  

Director Agnieszka Holland takes his cameras deep into the cavernous sets and spins the most degrading part of his story.  Here the families lived for over a year surviving on little food, unsanitary water, cramp conditions, in a darkness of what was above them and their future.  With little outside contact except for a Jewish con man Mundek Margulies (Benno Furmann) and Leopold the families were unaware of the grave circumstances involving hangings, murder and atrocities that may have ended their lives above their sanctuary.

The film does have a ‘Hollywood’ flavor, but screenwriter David F. Shamoon bases his story on fact from a book by Robert Marshall called In the “Sewers of Lvov”.  The inhumanity to man are depicted realistically showing the cruelty, degradation and depravity of the Nazis in their attempt to control Poland and continue their cleansing quest. The film offers no solution, just heroism and a showing of kindness however minuscule in the reality of all the countries that faced the extermination of their people.

The MPAA has rated In Darkness R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language.  The movie is shown in several combined languages including Polish, German and Yiddish with English subtitles. It was one of the five films chosen by the Academy of Motion Pictures under the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  An outstanding account of Nazi injustice. (5 stars)   

Additional film information:

  • Cast: Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, and Herbert Knaup
  • Directed by: Agnieszka Holland  
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language
  • Genre: War, Foreign,  
  • Running Time: 2 hrs 15 min
  • Opening Date: April 6, 2012
  • Languages: Polish/German/Yiddish/Ukrainian (with English Subtitles)
  • Honors: Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (Poland), Critics’ Choice Movie Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

 

DVD reviews: ‘Captain America’ an old-fashioned hero

October 25th, 2011 No comments

A wannabe soldier fights evil in WWII in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Also new: “Attack the Block” and “‘Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.”

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DVD reviews: ‘Captain America’ an old-fashioned hero

EICHMANN on DVD

January 18th, 2011 No comments

“MONSTER ON TRIAL”

Starring: Thomas Kretschmann, Troy Garity, Franka Potente and Stephen Fry

Directed by: Robert Young

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Genre: Docudrama

Running Time: 1hr 40min

By John Delia

Well acted, documented and filmed, Eichmann gives a keen dramatic account of the monster that tried to destroy a race.  The DVD allows you to take a closer look at this appalling criminal during an interview just prior to his trial in Israel.

Captured by intelligence operatives in Argentina fifteen years after World War II, Adolf Eichmann, (Thomas Kretschmann, The Pianist, Valkyrie) — the world’s most wanted man — must be broken down and the truth unveiled.  Before he is to be executed for war crimes, however, he finds himself in a battle of wills with Captain Avner Less (Troy Garity, Soldier’s Girl, Sunshine), an Israeli police officer who will stop at nothing to learn the truth behind his atrocities.

As a bonus, you can hear the voice of the Avner Less as he explains how monsters like this can nurture under a dictatorship.  He goes into the reality of the dangers that bestow every government that closes its eyes to the dangers of ‘complete’ control.

The film is unrated and contains mature subject matter.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A fascinating look at a despicable monster. (B-)

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