A Woman in Berlin (2008)

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A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.


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27 December 2011 | toqtaqiya2
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| The story of a woman in Berlin, apparently.
This is a fine film. There's nothing great about it, but it recounts the story of Marta Hillers well. A victimized woman, she wrote about her experiences and now these have been made into a film, with an obvious German bend. The performances are fine though I wasn't convinced by the portrayal of Russians and even some Germans. The Germans, like other Westerners, just don't know what Russians are really like - how they talk, behave or what they do. Like other war films this one shows how difficult war can be for an individual. And like other Western war films of recent years this one has been made to raise awareness of a subject, most importantly an anti-Russian subject. I'm not going to beat around the bush - this is in part a propaganda film. Not a very offensive one, but it aims to show that Germans have "suffered" at the hands of the Russians. What's more disturbing is that Russophobes, Neonazis, Euro and Western propagandists use this anti-Russian fare and add their lies about the Russians. These characters in the West are the result of more than half a century of offensive anti-Russian propaganda. The fact that some German women were raped by some soldiers of the Red Army isn't a secret. The reason why it's being brought up now is for propaganda and psychological purposes. History is being rewritten in the West, and the anti-Russian project has been active for decades anyway. A great country is being portrayed as the lowest in history. I can't really do anything against the monstrous superbloc called the West, but I can contribute the truth. I'm not an anti-German but here are the facts: if Nazi Germany and her several allies had won the war against the Soviet Union then Soviet people would have been enslaved and possibly exterminated by the Germans. The Russian nation would have been destroyed, and the Nazis (plus other Westerners) would have been happy. However, the Soviet Union won the war and thus Germany was divided by the allies. The war resulted in 9 million German deaths, and after the Cold War ended Germany was reunified. Unfortunately the Soviet Union dissolved, and bloodsucking America can now wage her endless wars with Germany as an ally. Thanks to some cunning economic support from Uncle Sam Germany is now one of the richest countries in the world. The Soviet Union also provided support for East Germany, but this has been conveniently forgotten. Because of the West Russia's future seems grim so it seems that a part of what Adolf Hitler wanted has been achieved. I'm not sure about Germany's future but for now things aren't bad at all for her. As it stands this film is a fine telling of a somewhat nationalist woman but given the complexities of war and the fact that the Battle of Berlin is one of the bloodiest battles in history I find this film severely lacking in perspective.

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