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Die Brücke (The Bridge) Reviews

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February 29, 2016
It's a difficult watch because the first part of the film lulls you into really caring about these kids, making the brutal finale heart wrenchingly painful as they fall one by one.
November 22, 2015
This film is an outstanding example of the perceived glories of war suddenly slapped with the reality of horror. This should be shown in classrooms throughout the world. Truly an education for every generation.
½ May 10, 2015
One of the best anti-war films ever made, a powerful look at the waning days of WWII through German eyes.
May 2, 2015
A parody of war. The kick ass ending is clearly the inspiration for all of Saving Private Ryan.
May 26, 2014
The Bridge (Die Brücke, 1959) - 8

Final days of WWII, nearby U.S. troops tighten the siege to a small German city. The apprehensive atmosphere of the city contrasts with the cheerful tranquility of seven teenagers. Boys with a faint grip of reality, who still nurture patriotic warfare utopias. They face the incoming enemy forces with naïve excitement and even celebrate the call to join the army, it's their opportunity to show service for the Führer. From school directly into the army combat training, they go. But negligence and unforeseen setbacks determine fate and only one day after they joined the army, the seven boys get what they craved for. Events unfold, pre-warnings and shocking displays of the horrors of war set the mood for the living hell looming on the horizon. Soon they are at the epicenter of warfare, fighting the enemy, but this goes beyond what they are remotely prepared for. The boys are alone against an onslaught of enemy forces and, one by one, they learn, the hard way, that war is not what they nurtured in their moony minds. Only one survives the massacre. Movie directed by Austrian Bernhard Wicki, based on a real event from which only one boy survived to tell the story. "The Bridge" is usually described as an anti-war movie and I agree. This is one of the most persuasive and desolating war movies I've ever seen. It starts in a neutral tone, but ends loaded with horror and desolation. The cinematic style is slightly bland, but works well to enhance the rawness of the experience, the excellent black-and-white cinematography contributes to the effect, it's a sin to not watch this movie in HD. Good directing and acting. This rare work deserves more attention, in fact, I think it should be regularly screened as part of schools' curricula all around the world to disseminate awareness and disillusionment among the youth about the true nature of warfare. Recommended!
½ July 19, 2013
Practice of childhood conditioning for political ends--A true anti-war movie with little sidelines, plain & clear!!
½ April 8, 2013
Kriegsfilme sind recht repetitive Dinger. Sie erschöpfen sich meist in der Behandlung der immer gleichen Themen und setzen sich schlussendlich dadurch nur wenig von der Masse ab.
Nur wenige Ausnahmen wie All Quiet on the Western Front", Born on the Fourth of July" oder nun auch Die Brück" haben es geschafft das Grauen des Krieges auf eine mir zusprechende Art und Weise zu zeigen.

Viele Kriegsfilme zählen als technische Meilensteine, das gesamte Genre ist bekannt für die Vielzahl an visuellen Meisterwerken (man denke nur an Malicks The Thin Red Line" oder Spielbergs Saving Private Ryan"), ein guter Film benötigt aber mehr als nur großartige Bilder.
Die Brücke" ist rein visuell nicht annähernd vergleichbar mit den ebengenannten Filmen, und doch so reiner und effektiver in seiner Bebilderung des Kriegszustands.

Falscher Patriotismus und Gehorsamkeit, Kriegstreiberei und die gefährliche Natur der nationalsozialistischen Erziehungsmethoden und Propaganda. Nie zuvor wurden diese Themen so raffiniert und einprägsam behandelt wie hier von meinem Landsmann Bernhard Wicki.

Eine Riege wunderbarer verschiedener Charaktere wird uns präsentiert und vorgestellt. Wir lernen ihre Familien kennen, ihre persönlichen Wünsche und Ängste. Jeder dieser Burschen ist grundverschieden und doch sind sie alle gepackt von blinder Kriegswut und Nationalstolz.
Der Krieg ist schon weit fortgeschritten und die Amis nähern sich dem Dorf, kaum eine der Familie im Ort hat noch keinen seiner Angehörigen verloren und die Rationierung von Lebensmitteln und Unterrichtsmaterialien macht den Schülern zu schaffen.

Inmitten der allgegenwärtigen Kriegsmüdigkeit sticht der jugendliche Überschwang noch stärker hervor. Diese sechzehnjährigen Jungs sind die einzigen, die noch an den Endsieg glauben und für ihr Land in den Krieg ziehen wollen, die Kriegsgegner sind klar in der Überzahl und doch traut sich niemand seinen Unmut zu äußern.

Redlich bemüht sich der Studienrat Stern die jungen Burschen über die realen Verhältnisse aufzuklären. Er ist der Fels in der Brandung, die überhöhte Integrationsfigur in diesem Film. Der Gegenpol zum agitierenden Schulmeister in All Quiet on the Western Front". Stern ist ein zutiefst sympathischer Mensch, aber er scheitert auf voller Linie.

Das Ende ist tragisch genug um uns die Konsequenzen der obengenannten falschen Werte und Prinzipien vor Augen zu führen und realistisch genug um an die Geschichte zu glauben.
Ein heroischer Kampf zwischen Feigheit und Sinnlosigkeit. Vollkommen umsonst allemal. Der perfekte Abschluss um Wickis Argumentation ein letztes Mal zu untermauern.
Im Stile eines klassischen Endes, dass den Held nach unzähligen Entbehrungen und Schicksalsschlägen den Sieg davontragen lässt, wirft es eigentlich nur eine Frage auf: Warum?
ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
½ December 26, 2012
A cruel, realistically intense, unfair and powerful look at how juveniles took and raised with weapons in their hands to fight in ridiculous circumstances. "They look for love in a world of violence!" Should be among the Top 100 war films ever made.

92/100
June 11, 2011
What it ventures is a wholly reasonable thesis: that not every German was a rabid Nazi, making subtly observed distinctions between social strata, while examining the damaged project these youngsters inherited... The concluding battle sequences, alternating explosive action with tight close-ups of bloodied, petrified, rapidly ageing faces, are an attempt to get at something more psychologically telling about the loss of innocence that inevitably follows the descent into war; these wounds were still fresh, you can tell. A success both at home (where it may well have served as a national catharsis) and abroad (where it was nominated for the Foreign Film Oscar), it's overwrought in places, but feels like a key text of the New Germany, and was quite possibly part of the formative viewing of Wenders, Fassbinder, Kluge et al.: a film unafraid to explore the German nation's history, heartfelt in its conviction this must never happen again.
½ February 19, 2011
Una de la segunda guerra mundial y la locura de los últimos meses, cuando Hitler mandó a los niños a contener a los aliados. Y parece que está basada en un hecho real. Impresionante las escenas de la batalla en el puente.
January 25, 2011
Emotionally sophisticated and multi-dimentional, this breaths life into the horrors of war and late Nazi period conscription..
November 27, 2010
DIE BRUCKE (THE BRIDGE) (1959)
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2010
A really great and interesting view of the war. I really connected with the kids and found myself pleading that the Americans would'nt come over the bridge, even though I'm British. A heartfelt story or the useless war losses.
½ August 24, 2010
Excellent Oscar nominated German WWII film about a group of 16 year old friends enlisted into the army at the end of the war to defend a bridge in their hometown. It starts a little slow, but that's to give us some background on each of the characters. When they actually get to the bridge about 2/3 into the film, it gets pretty powerful. Some scenes reminded me of All Quiet on the Western Front, young students eager to enter the war, unaware of the horrors of batte. Very nice cinematography and all of the young actors do a great job. Highly recommended.
June 27, 2010
Bernhard Wicki's brilliant Masterpiece of Anti-War Movie about a Pack of German Schoolboys who are forced in the Wehrmacht and must defend a unimportant Bridge and waste their Life for Nothing my favourite Scene is when a G.I. see that this just Boys they fighting and say "Go Home in Kindergarten" and one of the German Boys says "What he say Kindergarten" and shoot the G.I.
October 9, 2009
Though it is predictably anti-war from the outset, Bernhard Wicki commands your attention with the casual zealousness of eight German schoolboys for the first half the film, underlining their mislead passions, which are fueled more by hormones and angst than a firm grasp on political realities, and underscores his harsh point with stark and vicious sequences of combat that are remarkably on-the-nose for such an old film. Taken from Manfred Gregor's novel, it paints a telling portrait of average life under the Nazis without ever getting apologetic. A word of preparation for those of you interested: it's an unusually hard to get a hold of. Especially in the US. There are DVD versions available in European formats in the UK and elsewhere; otherwise I suggest hunting down a VHS copy.
July 21, 2009
Quality like in the modern finnish movies (terrible).
October 9, 2008
Selv om dens virkemidler sine steder maaske er foraeldet, saa slaar budskabet og temaer stadig som en hammer, i denne tyske antikrigsfilm. Det er en tragisk historie om unge misledt til at tro de bliver helte ved at forsvare deres land, naar de forsvarer en meningsloes bro. Sjaeldent har krig vaeret skildret mere nedtrykkende og aerligt.
August 21, 2008
A timeless German classic about a fanatized and sobered youth at the end of WWII. Very realistic.
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