Before the Fall (Napola) Reviews

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April 7, 2006
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.
March 24, 2006
It asks us to sympathize with teenage boys being groomed for National Socialist glory, and for that reason alone, it absorbs.
March 10, 2006
... hooks you by focusing on Friedrich's very human story.
February 24, 2006
One senses that Gansel took the most egregious stories from his research and stuffed them all into the shapeless script.
February 24, 2006
The film is a competent but callow work dealing with a monstrous subject that automatically rejects callowness.
January 12, 2006
A fascinating look at a little-known aspect of the Nazi regime.
January 22, 2010
Quite a nice study of the Germany military schools where young men were most sheltered from the atrocities of World War II. The central character knows what's happening but instead focuses on a better future than his father had. But, still decisions mus
October 21, 2006
August 26, 2006
May 30, 2006
Gansel is to be commended for finding a way to tell a beautiful story simultaneous with indicting his countrymen for their ugliness.
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