Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959)

A poignant meditation on the futility of war – naive German teenagers die to save a bridge scheduled for demolition in the last days of the Third Reich. The scathing condemnation is never held back – from the blustering Nazi party official to the tea…(read more)cher who taught them to love fatherland and romantic death (his outburst in response to this accusation from an army officer “but those ideals have been betrayed!” is the height of the film’s artistry) adult Germany is responsible. Beyond this, the most striking thing about this movie is that it is an entirely German perspective, and is all the more powerful for it.

Rating 4/5

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~ by Doug Newdick on November 3, 2007.

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