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The bridge = Die Brücke

Call Number

  • DVD FOREIGN (CEN)

Edition

DVD special edition.

Languages

In German, with English subtitles.

Performers

Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2015]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (103 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (unpaged : illustrations ; 19 cm)

Audience

Not rated.

Summary

Bernhard Wicki's The Bridge was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation's first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the conflict, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle.

Notes

Title from container.

From a novel by Gregor Dorfmeister.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1959.

Special features: New 2K digital restoration ; new interview with writer Gregor Dorfmeister, on whose autobiographical novel the film is based ; new interview with filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff, about the film's impact on German cinema ; interview from 1989 with director Bernhard Wicki ; excerpt from a 2007 documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, Wicki's widow, featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot.

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