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Before the Fall (Napola) (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Despite a degree of predictability and cliches, the high production values and sincere performances by the leads elevate this coming-of-age story set in Nazi Germany.

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Albrecht Stein, a youth coming of age in Nazi Germany, is enrolled in the Napola political academy by his father. While being groomed for a membership in the SS, Albrecht becomes disillusioned with the Nazi ideology he at first embraced.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Max Riemelt
as Friedrich Weimer
Tom Schilling
as Albrecht Stein
Michael Schenk
as Sportlehrer
Justus von Dohnányi
as Gauleiter Heinrich Stein
Jonas Jägermeyr
as Christoph Schneider
Martin Goeres
as Siegfried Gladen
Florian Stetter
as Justus von Jaucher
Joachim Bissmeier
as Anstaltsleiter
Claudia Michelsen
as Frau Stein
Julie Engelbrecht
as Katharina
Gerald Alexander Held
as Friedrichs Vater
Sissy Höfferer
as Friedrichs Mutter
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Critic Reviews for Before the Fall (Napola)

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

Nearly every point made in Before the Fall, be it about militarism or the secret sexual codes of fascism, is made too obviously, or has been made before, in films from Cabaret to Europa, Europa.

April 7, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It asks us to sympathize with teenage boys being groomed for National Socialist glory, and for that reason alone, it absorbs.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

... hooks you by focusing on Friedrich's very human story.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

One senses that Gansel took the most egregious stories from his research and stuffed them all into the shapeless script.

February 24, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film is a competent but callow work dealing with a monstrous subject that automatically rejects callowness.

February 24, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A fascinating look at a little-known aspect of the Nazi regime.

January 12, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Before the Fall (Napola)

½

Nearly every point made in Before the Fall, be it about militarism or the secret sexual codes of fascism, is made too obviously, or has been made before, in films from Cabaret to Europa, Europa.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
½

These are the kinds of movies that people who don't like to read sub-titles miss out on. This was a great original story set right before WWII. It's really rare to get to view the other side of the story...the side where not all Germans wanted to follow Hitler, but were forced to. It's very enlightening.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Before the Fall, another German movie about WWII, only this one showed what happened in the German Elite Nazi school for male teenagers in 1942. Students were being trained to become future SS leaders, to be ruthless, hard without feeling any pain that their actions might cause their friend, family or the enemy.The movie showed some of the students who rejected their training and the consequences of their decisions.The effort to create a perfect controlling race was the main driving force behind the story. But instead we saw humanity winning over a truly evil and brutal regime. And that was the beauty of the movie. It was told in a very simple and sensitive way, with excellent acting and beautiful cinematography.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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