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It's tempting to call this harrowing picture a World War II version ofAll Quiet on the Western Front: both films take the perspective of ordinary German soldiers at ground level.Stalingradsurveys the misery of the battle of Stalingrad, the winter siege that cost the lives of almost one and a half million people, Russian defenders and German invaders alike. Not unlike Spielberg's approach toSaving Private Ryan,German director Joseph Vilsmaier rarely steps outside the action to comment on the higher purpose of the war, assuming the audience is aware of the evil of the Nazi regime. Instead, we simply follow a group of soldiers as they endure a series of gut-wrenching episodes, events which have the tang of authenticity and horror. Vilsmaier has a taste for symbolism and surreal touches, which only add to the unsettling sense of insanity this movie conjures up so well.--Robert Horton
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CastSebastian Rudolph, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Dominique Horwitz, Dana Vávrová
DirectorJoseph Vilsmaier
Screen WriterJoseph Vilsmaier, Christoph Fromm, Johannes Heide, Jürgen Büscher
DVD Release Date:  November 3, 1998
Runtime:  134 minutes
Studio:  Fox Lorber
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STALINGRAD , released in 1993, remains one of the most brutally honest depictions of war on film. A brief history of the facts behind this film have been well stated: 'The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in southwestern Russia. It took place between 17 July 1942 and 2 February 1943, and is often cited as the turning point of the war in Europe. The German offensive …
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