Before the Fall (Napola) Reviews
This high quality German movie - who's original title is "Napola - Elite für den Führer" - is an absolute gem (made in 2004). It is not an action movie, but first and foremost a mesmerizing, albeit tragic, story about the friendship of two teenage boys in the Third Reich.
It tells the story of the poor 16 year old boy Friedrich, who on the basis of his boxing talent, is, in the year 1942, admitted to one of Hitler's elite schools Napola (short for Nationalpolitischen Erziehungsanstalten). Friedrich considers this his chance to succeed in life.
At Napola Friedrich befriends Albrecht (played by Tom Schilling), the son of a Gauleiter (high ranking Nazi party leader). Albrecht is literary minded, and his father considers him weak. It is Albrecht who stirs doubt, in Friedrich's mind, about the Nazi cause.
The viewer is introduced to the Nazi-brainwashing of young "elite" Germans, and we learn what happens to those who can't cope with the physical and mental pressure.
The acting by Max Riemelt (Friedrich) and Tom Schilling (Albrecht) is superb. My only complaint with the script is Friedrich's flawed boxing talent; he is, at times, unable to finish off his opponents, which basically makes him a hopeless boxer.
The movie is directed by the German movie director Dennis Gansel (born in 1973). He has produced quite a number of movies, among them "Die Welle in 2008 (e. The Wave) and the vampire movie "We Are The Night" (2012).
I was wondering if "Nordic Type 1A" was somebody with even lighter hair and/or eyes and/or bigger skull (or whatever they measured)
I know it's all pseudoscience, but even so, based on it, I am sure a lot Slavic with extreme light hair and eyes could have achieved the highest, or nearest the highest race classification. Yet, Slavs were treated nearly as bad as the Jews.
Blond & blue eyed Russian POWs were starved to death in the open camps, while dark eyed & dark skinned US POWs were kept in a relative comfort. So, it's seems even the internal logic of Nazi pseudoscience was badly broken.