Historical films in general appeal to this emotional, voyeuristic interest on the part of the spectator, but the costume film allows its fullest expression, untrammeled by the sociopolitical conflicts that dominate the plots of films that deal with actual historical events.
It's been showing since late last year in cinemas in many countries around the world - but in Germany, the film had a difficult time finding a distributor.
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That's why a film about the Holocaust has to be in black-and-white. With varying degrees of critical and box-office success, twenty-first-century directors have made more films in the epic genre, including Troy Wolfgang Petersen, Alexander Stone,and The Passion of the Christ Gibson, Rossellini followed with two additional films dealing with the devastation of World War IIPaisan and Germania anno zero Germany Year Zero,that employed the look and feel of documentary and merged it with the dramatic plotting of the fiction film to create a powerful sense of social truth.
The film aired on public television in Israel on Holocaust Memorial Day in Other historians, however, see these films as valuable for the discussions and debate they generate.
The film combines the traditions of the war film—stressing the importance of the individual soldier and the success of the collective endeavor mounted on his behalf—with advanced visual and acoustic techniques that give it a powerful claim to battlefield authenticity and realism.