Film: The Fall of Berlin
Wed, April 14, 2010 • 7:00 PM • GRG 102 Geography building, corner of 24th and Whitis.
This re-telling of the final days of WW II was produced in honor of Stalin's 70th birthday. No expense was spared in production: five artillery and infantry divisions, four tank battalions, and 193 planes were used in staging its panoramic battle scenes. The movie’s climax battle takes place in the remains of the actual Berlin Reichstag. Historical scenes with Hitler, Churchill, and Roosevelt look-alikes are restaged, but a stiff-looking Stalin (another look-alike) of course wins the day. Originally seen by 38 million Soviet citizens upon its release, the film was pulled from circulation during the anti-Stalin campaigns of the late 50s’. It’s an over-the-top propaganda piece but worth seeing for its massive scale, as well for the rousing score by Dmitri Shostakovich.