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 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. 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, New York] : IFC Films, [2017]
ISBN: 9786316885098
6316885091
Branch Call Number: DVD Alone
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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flashacross
Apr 30, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed this movie. So grateful that I did not live during that awful time period. So proud of the bravery of this couple, but understand the fear that others felt.

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INVS
Mar 14, 2018

Any film with Gleason or Thompson, I watch. This is a factual account (a few minor things were changed) as to how difficult it was to oppose the government in charge. I've read/known of other accounts, but this one was new to me. The fear many people felt was palpable from this portrayal. Would I be willing to stand up for justice, principal & humanity in such a scenario? Most likely it would mean torture & definitely death for one's belief/actions. This has nothing to do with religious beliefs, after all Herr H, the monster, was a Lutheran as were most of his followers.

I was very curious as to follow up - Every Man Dies Alone is the book. Another surprise for me was the use of the guillotine at that time. Must have been quick.

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jazpur
Mar 02, 2018

This is a very moving film based on a true story. beautifully told, acted and portrayed.

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lenedwin
Dec 13, 2017

This a true story about a brave, heart-broken, German couple living in Berlin during WW2. To avenge for having lost their 17 year old son on the eastern front they start an anti Nazi propaganda scheme to expose the evil of the system. They defied capture for a long time but were finally discovered after having distributed hundreds of leaflets. They were shown no mercy at the hands of the gestapo.
The filming and acting were superb.

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hecto
Nov 21, 2017

This is a very good adaptation of Hans Fallada's last novel, which was based on the true story of 'everyday' resistance by an ordinary couple to the NS regime during the war. Vincent Perez wisely uses a light directorial hand to allow the simplicity of the story to 'tell itself'. Emma Thompson is first rate (what else would we expect?) but Brendan Gleeson steals the screen as the stolid machinist determined to 'do something'. Not to be missed.

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Activevoice
Nov 15, 2017

This film is a work of art. The Actors are first rate, the story is well written, and the ending will break your heart but sustain you at the same time.

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maipenrai
Nov 01, 2017

Marvelous "little" film - not hyped by Hollywood. Terrific acting by Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson!! Two insignificant citizens of Berlin during World War II protest against Hitler and the Nazi regime knowing that they are risking their lives. We do not see many films about ordinary people who were not part of the Nazi party during the nightmare years of the war. Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 11, 2017

4 stars for the story. This was a low budget film, but starring grade A actors Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson. The film is based upon a 1947 500 page novel based upon a Berlin couple secretly protesting against Hitler and his stupid, brutal war. This is a bare bones presentation of a story that needs to be told.

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graybear3
Oct 04, 2017

Highly recommended! An understated (and underrated!) WWII true story. Some people would say it moves a bit slowly, but we didn't think so. Tension builds and you see the fear of everyday people and what everyday life was like for them. You see great acts of kindness and courage amidst the evil. Excellent acting by Emma Thompson & Brendan Gleeson.

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garycornell
Oct 01, 2017

A true Five Star Movie because the film has no weaknesses!! The acting is first rate and the story is very well written. Berlin looks just like it did in World War II. The story is important with a message that a small postcard size statement could become so powerful in alerting the citizens of the dangers of the Nazi's. A story of courage and conviction to make an important contribution to the country they loved so much!

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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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