Friday, January 02, 2009

A fuller review of Valkyrie

Valkyrie is one of the best films to come out of America in a long time. The story is about the plot to assassinate Hitler executed by military commanders that was coupled with a full scale coup attempt, in which the entire SS headquarters was arrested. Hitler survived the bomb and the officers were arrested and shot, but they gained control of large parts of strategic points in Nazi Germany before they were stopped. I didn't know about the "Valkyrie", the overall coup attempt above and beyond the bomb, until I saw the movie.

It's a mystery why the film isn't being critically acclaimed. The direction is very good, the acting is very good, the writing is superb, and the cinematography is excellent. The only thing that isn't good in some people's books is that it portrays there being resistance to Hitler and to Naziism, and not just on the ground floor but in circles that were actually part of the Nazi military, and to a lesser extent the lower levels of the Nazi government in general. This cannot be said, or suggested. That Stauffenberg and company planned the coup so that the entire SS, the people who ran the death camps and the concentration camps, would be thrown out of power, thereby ending the concentration camp regime, also cannot be said. It's either one or the other, you're either with us or against us, and the fact that a great movie that involves moral ambiguity has been made doesn't change this simplistic paradigm; so it has to be condemned.

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