STALINGRAD recreates Hitler's most bitter military defeat, the nearly four-year siege that dominated the eastern front of WW II. A German production, the film depicts both the tenacity of the German army and its craven submission to the most fearful orders.
Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, who also worked on the script with Johannes Heide and Jurgen Buscher, the film begins with a squad of German soldiers who are basking in the glow of their recent victories and traveling to the Russian front with their new lieutenant, Hans von Witzland (Thomas
Kretschmann). Their first glimpse of Stalingrad is a sobering experience. Worse than the huddled groups of tired, dirty, a...