Friday, 17 June 2011

Come and See

I came across this film recently and thought it was incredibly relevant to anyone interested in this blog. This is probably one of the best War as well as the best anti-War films made.

Come and See

It tells the story of a young boy joining the Partisans in Belarus who goes on a whirlwind journey through the horrors of the Eastern front. Villages being torched, families massacred, shelling in the forest described with chilling honesty all set against the spectacular scenery shot with a sometimes Tarkovsky like visual poetry. Be prepared for a journey...

The film's time line is about a week but by the end the young "hero" stares back at us through the face of a forty year old. A powerful, troubling, moving, upsetting film that peals back the layers of civilisation to expose the primeval barbarity and raw hatred that drove the Eastern front to create a casualty list that topped 20 million.

For more reviews see this site

Watch this film before you watch The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich and you will get a better contextual sense of the violent circumstance in Berlin 1945.

The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich