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Generation War (2014)

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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. (c) Music Box Films

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It's as retrograde - if also as perversely intoxicating - as an old Hollywood melodrama.

March 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Reactions to this exercise in revisionism may vary from sympathy, if you believe everyday Germans were also Hitler's victims, to indignation, if you consider them his accomplices.

March 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Though director Philipp Kadelbach and screenwriter Stefan Kolditz do touch on moral ambiguities ... they settle comfortably into glib ironies, bittersweet platitudes, and sentiment passing as tragedy.

March 6, 2014 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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"Generation War" has a texture and an interest that American stories do not.

February 27, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Certainly entertaining, possibly art, not always convincing but most assuredly a soap.

February 13, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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In all, "Generation War" has the strengths and weaknesses of middlebrow art-it may be clunky, even embarrassing, but it's certainly never dull.

February 3, 2014 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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