Grade 10-Critical Film Analysis-Enemy at the Gates 2006

Grade 10-Critical Film Analysis-Enemy at the Gates 2006 -...

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Global History 10 Mr. Rozell Critical Film Analysis/ Enemy at the Gates (2001) Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud Written by: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman, Gabriel Marshall-Thomson, Eva Mattes, Matthias Habich Produced by: Jean-Jacques Annaud, John D. Schofield Music by: James Horner Rated: R Running Time: 129 Minutes **************************************************** Stalingrad, 1942-43. It was the bloodiest single battle in the known history of war, with more than one million perishing of wounds, disease, and the bitter cold of winter. Like Napoleon a century earlier, Hitler came to Stalingrad with the aim of breaking the spirit of Russia, and, also like the French little general, he was faced with catastrophic losses. The toll taken upon the German army at Stalingrad represented one of the turning points of World War II. Most history experts agree that had Hitler not persisted in trying to take the Soviet city in what turned into a personal contest with Stalin, the Third Reich might have triumphed on its western front. The movie opens in September 1942. The Germans and Russians are engaged in a fierce battle for control of Stalingrad, and both sides acknowledge that, from a propaganda standpoint, the city is the key to whether the Soviet Union stands or falls. Into this conflict comes Vassily Zaitsev (Jude Law), a rural farm worker who has arrived in Stalingrad as a soldier. He quickly shows his mettle as a sharpshooter, and a local political officer, Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), works to develop his legend to mammoth proportions. As Danilov argues to Krushchev (Bob Hoskins), who has come to Stalingrad to oversee the city's defense, the Soviet Union needs heroes to boost morale, and he has decided to build Vassily into one. The Germans counter by bringing in their own renowned sniper, Major Koenig (Ed Harris). Soon, Vassily and Koenig are locked in a life-and-death struggle that is played out in the ruined streets of the city. Meanwhile, Vassily and Danilov have both fallen in love with Tania (Rachel Weisz), and their rivalry over the woman threatens their friendship. © 2001 James Berardinelli Construct a critical analysis of the film Enemy at the Gates from the historical perspective of what we have studied about the German invasion of the Soviet Union and the Battle of Stalingrad. Use your text, class notes, and at least one good Internet site to write about why Germany attacked the USSR on June 22 nd , 1941. Why was the battle of Stalingrad so important? Again, conduct your research and inform your reader. Document why this battle was key to the survival of both sides, and describe what happened.
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