Generation War: Part 1

Generation War: Part 1  {Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter}
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Generation War: Part 1
Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
Germany, 2013, 131 Minute Running Time
Topics: History, Jewish Interest, War
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: German English Sub-Titles

When broadcast in its home country last spring, Philipp Kadelbach’s epic TV miniseries re-ignited the debate about just who was responsible for Nazi atrocities during WWII. Was it the German serving in the military or minding the home front? Or were these “average” citizens just following the orders of those on high?

The series’ producer Nico Hoffman concisely summarized the ongoing argument about German guilt and responsibility: "It’s never over."

In 1941 Berlin, five friends — brothers Wilhelm and Friedhelm, the former a decorated officer, the latter a green recruit; the nurse Charlotte, very much in love with Wilhelm; chanteuse Greta, who harbors hopes of musical glory; and Greta’s boyfriend Victor, a Jew increasingly desperate to flee the country with his recalcitrant parents — gather for one last social evening before going their separate ways, some to the Eastern Front, some to less certain fates. Tracing the widely divergent paths each friend takes between 1941 and 1945, this big-budget chronicle captures the soul-destroying nature of war with intelligence and power.

DIRECTOR: Philipp Kadelbach
Producer: Benjamin Benedict, Nico Hofmann, Jürgen Schuster
Editor: Bernd Schlegel
Screenwriter: Stefan Kolditz
Cinematographer: David Slama
Music: Fabian Römer
Principal Cast: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Miriam Stein, Ludwig Trepte, Mark Waschke, Sylvester Groth
Filmography: Hindenburg (miniseries, 2011)
The Secret of the Whales (miniseries, 2010))
Two Bottles (2002)
Print Source: Music Box

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