I've been getting "The Bell and Blade" catalogue since forever. One film in there has intrigued me for the longest time "Die Bruke" from Germany made in 1959. So many reviews of how marvelous this film is and how any WWII historian should view it to get one of Germany's first post war views of itself. Well, I couldn't rent it from Netflix so I finally broke down and bought the thing. I watched it last night... I must say I was quite disappointed. While I wasn't expecting "The Best Years of our Lives" I was expecting a more in depth treatment of the late war, Hitler Youth mentality than I got!. It' wasn't the worst but man, the climactic bridge battle scene was from hunger. Farm tractors (literally) painted up to look like Sherman Tanks. Death scenes straight out of the silent era for muggery and anquish. Pheh... I'm sorry but I was very disappointed.
My son and I watched the famous Seven Samurai not too long ago right after watching The Magnificent Seven (which was largely based on the earlier Japanese film); our initial reaction was similar to what you describe here. However...
Try to remember what things were still like in Germany in the late 1950s, and the resources available to German filmmakers at the time. I kinda doubt that tanks and replicas of the weapons used just 15-20 years earlier were easy to get back then, and the military and civil authorities might not have been wholeheartedly supportive. But, like Shakespeare said, "The play's the thing."
Re-watch it, and put on your Star Trek original series hat (cheesy special effects, polished linoleum floors in 'caves', green or blue pancake makeup, etc) and pay attention to the story and what it says about what the people who made it were trying to say, and remember that you persoanlly don't have quite the same cultural references...maybe it's not great art, but for the time and place it might be fairly considered a major accomplishment., and needs to be viewed that way.
"Here's your new Mustangs, boys. You can learn to fly'em on the way to the target. Cheers!" -LTCOL Don Blakeslee, 4th FG CO, February 27th, 1944
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Is anyone going to ever redo this forum a bit so it's not so craptastic? Urufu said that "the Brits" were supposed to start tweaking it at some point (Ms K?) but I see zero evidence of any changes since the site revamp.
I've seen both "Fires on the Plain" AND "The Burmese Harp". I thought both were excellent films and they moved me in ways "The Bridge" didn't. I've seen many WWII films and have quite a collection, I guess my expectations were just too high. I certainly wasn't viewing it with the eyes of a jaundiced action junkie. Well I'll give it a few months mebbe a year and watch it again.
Well here in Germany the movie "Die Brücke" is very popular, and the fifties version is much more favored to the ninteen eighties version which is horrible.
On the other hand what I felt was a real flubb was that movie called "Red Tails" yuck!! As if people have not been enough punished with that awful Pearl Harbour movie.
Schlägt der Arsch auch Falten, so bleiben wir doch die Alten!