"... the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation's first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the conflict, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they conten...
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|Summary:||"... the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation's first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the conflict, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle. This expressively shot, emotionally bruising drama dared to humanize young German soldiers at a historically tender moment"--Container.|
|Item Description:||Based on the novel by Gregor Dorfmeister, writing as Gregor Manfred.|
This film has no filmmaker or cast credits; all credits given are from its accompanying booklet except screenplay authors, supplied by IMDb website.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959.
Special features: new interviews with writer Gregor Dorfmeister and filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff; interview from 1989 with Bernhard Wicki; excerpt from a 2007 documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, Wicki's wife, featuring test reel footage from the shoot; essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty.
|Physical Description:||1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.|
|Format:||DVD, NTSC, region 1; fullscreen (1.37:1 ratio) presentation; Dolby digital monaural.|
|Production Credits:||Director, Bernhard Wicki ; producers, Hermann Schwerin, Jochen Severin ; screenplay writers, Michael Mansfeld, Karl-Wilhelm Vivier, Bernhard Wicki ; director of photography, Gerd von Bonin ; editor, Carl Otto Bartning ; music, Hans-Martin Majewski.|
[New York, N.Y.] :
The Criterion Collection,