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DVD Review: '1915: The Battle for the Alps'

★★★☆☆ Ernst Grossner's war drama, 1915: The Battle for the Alps (released as The Silent Mountain in 2014), is set in the Dolomite Mountains during World War One. A classy European cast includes William Moseley, of The Chronicles of Narnia fame. The dramatic backdrop is the fight between Austro-Hungary and Italy for control over territory stretching from Trentino through the South Tyrol to Trieste. Interweaving the political and personal, Grossner uses the wider focus of war as a stark contrast to the fortunes of two families who live on the border and intermarry. Andreas (Moseley) and his sister Elisabeth (Emily Cox), the offspring of an affluent Austrian hotelier, both fall for local Italians.

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