Mikheil Chiaureli's The Fall of Berlin certainly isn't a highlight of Russian/Soviet filmmaking. This was also made during Stalin's rule, so you're going to see Stalin as the wise and benevolent patriarch of the Soviet Union, and between this and the cartoon-like depictions of Hitler, you're going to laugh at just how ridiculously stupid the depictions of historical events are (don't expect a lot of historical accuracy here). The combat scenes are a joke, as you see Red Army soldiers kill German soldiers by throwing their guns at them. I can't believe someone actually thought that was a good idea to write into the movie.
Why am I rating this a +2 instead of somewhere in the negatives? The look and feel of this movie is so hokey and absurd that you can invite some of your friends over, pass around the vodka, and have a jolly good time riffing this movie Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.
Thankfully, you don't have to shell out any money to acquire the now out-of-print DVDs of The Fall of Berlin, Mosfilm uploaded both parts of this movie on their YouTube channel, and you can turn on English subtitles by simply clicking on the Closed Captioning button.
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David Kozak (RabidChihuahua)
I'm a morbid cynic who thinks very, very differently from most other people. Chances are, if the majority says X is the greatest in its category, I'll disagree with that notion, because I tend … more