Forced March (1990)
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Critic Reviews for Forced March
The film's meta qualities resonate mostly due to King's understanding of the ways in which media can help people process the past.
Curiously of interest in this re-release, is Hollywood butting heads with the Holocaust. And the warped values of Hollywood ideology playing out dangerously in US society as the 'exceptionalism' of winning and dominating moral discourse at any cost.
Audience Reviews for Forced March
Most Holocaust-themed movies focus either on survivors (Sophie's Choice, The Pawnbroker) who struggle to deal with their past ordeal in flashbacks, or on those who tried something heroic or special (Schindler's List, The Great Escape). But this one, Forced March, is one of the few to speak for the victims... for those who tried to survive but couldn't... by focusing on the true story of Miklos Radnoti, Hungary's greatest poet, who was shot into a mass grave on a forced march but left a notebook of his harrowing poems written in 'real time' as he suffered through his last months. And by structuring the story through the eyes of a contemporary actor who thinks he's going to portray a hero, but instead finds the reality of a victim, the movie at once shows the difficulty in getting close enough to the horrors of that reality, and also makes the dilemma relevant for current & future generations... how would you have acted? Because, for most of us, what we see in movies can become the truth.