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Defiance [videorecording]
Zwick, Edward.
Adult Fiction Drama DEFIANC


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(2008) 56% (%) 61) * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "The deep forests of Poland and Belorussia are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers--Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), and Asael (Jamie Bell)--go into the forests and find the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and the elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into commanding freedom fighters. Based on true events." CONSENSUS: "It is most interesting, and most persuasive, not as a chronicle of heroic action but rather as a series of arguments mainly between the patient Tuvia and the hot-headed Zus about justice, righteousness and how a decent society should function." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: I've read a lot about WWII, but I'd never heard about this story. My only reference is that Jews were victims, not partisans, fighters. This is one film where the supplements will be helpful. MY THOUGHTS: People often find their truest character in the worst of circumstances. Big questions are raised: do we need to become monsters to destroy monsters, sacrifice our humanity to save humanity? The strongest scene for me is when Lilka confronts Tuvia and reminds him "that we have to hold onto our humanity." Watching the supplements before the film gave me things to look for, but knowledge of how they made snow made the winter scenes almost warm (avoid this knowledge). The special effects heightened the battle scenes, because they weren't over produced. A strong film about a little known part of history. [New purchase by HCL]
posted Jun 24, 2009 at 9:19PM
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