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Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? (1959)

Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben (original title)
In the winter of 1943, against the background of battle scenes, a young German Lieutenant who increasingly distrusts the inhuman Nazi ideology struggles with the concept of war.

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Frank Wisbar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Hansen ... Oberleutnant Gerd Wisse
Wilhelm Borchert Wilhelm Borchert ... Gen. Friedrich Paulus
Wolfgang Preiss ... Major Linkmann
Carl Lange ... General von Seydlitz
Horst Frank ... Feldwebel Böse
Peter Carsten ... Gefreiter Krämer
Richard Münch Richard Münch ... Oberstleutnant Kesselbach
Günter Pfitzmann Günter Pfitzmann ... Wachtmeister Kunowski
Sonja Ziemann ... Katja
Gunnar Möller ... Leutnant Fuhrmann
Ernst von Klipstein Ernst von Klipstein ... Ein General
Armin Dahlen ... Major Stanescu
Paul Hoffmann Paul Hoffmann ... General Codreanu
Karl John ... Generaloberst Hoth
Alexander Kerst ... Kriegspfarrer Busch
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Storyline

1942. First lieutenant Wisse, young and still idealistic, is sent to the Eastern front where a renewed German offensive is in full swing. During his trip, he witnesses the hardships entailed by the occupation of Russia, but keeps his faith in the success and ultimate good of the national-socialist endeavour. Upon arriving at his new quarters, he quickly gets informed about the precarious nature of the strategic situation. As a matter of fact, Wisse is unusually well-placed to gain an unvarnished insight into the state of military affairs. His assignment: liaison officer to the Romanian army. His station: in the Russian plain, on the flank guarding the advance of the German sixth army to Stalingrad... Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Genres:

War | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 April 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? See more »

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Budget:

DEM 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Deutsche Film Hansa See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A dead soldier dose not care who won or lost.
3 October 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben (Dogs, do you want to live forever?) Is directed by Frank Wisbar and adapted to screenplay by Wisbar, Frank Dimen and Heinz Schröter from the Fritz Wöss novel. It stars Joachim Hansen, Wilhelm Borchert, Wolfgang Preiss and Carl Lange. Music is by Herbert Windt and cinematography by Helmut Ashley.

It was a hell hole pocket.

A little cracker jack of a war movie, coming at things from a German's point of view during the Battle of Stalingrad. Through the eyes of our protagonist we come to be part of his disillusionment with the Nazi ways, we witness cowardly majors and obstinate leaders who left the German troops and their allies ill equipped to fight the battle.

A bitter Xmas present.

As Hermann Göring preaches from his pulpit, many miles away from the battle, he's celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Third Reich, all while Stalingrad burns and his army lie dying or limbless in a makeshift grungy hospital. The impact is enough to sicken you to your stomach.

Away from the anti-war thematic thrusts of the narrative, battle scenes are niftily constructed (though some of the spliced footage is incorrect to this battle). While the monochrome photography is in turns gorgeous and then potent to the horrors of war. Splendidly performed by the principals as well.

As has been noted by others who have reviewed this little seen film, the subtitles are poor. Too fast to read sometimes while any language not in German (Eastern Europeans) isn't catered for. A shame, but in the wake of what a very good film this is, it's a small price to pay. 8/10


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