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1. War film – War film is a film genre concerned with warfare, typically about naval, air, or land battles, with combat scenes central to the drama. It has been associated with the 20th century. The fateful nature of battle scenes means that war films often end with them, themes explored include combat, survival and escape, sacrifice, the futility and inhumanity of battle, the effects of war on society, and the moral and human issues raised by war. War films are categorized by their milieu, such as the Korean War. The stories told may be fiction, historical drama, or biographical, critics have noted similarities between the Western and the war film. Subgenres, not necessarily distinct, include anti-war, comedy, animated, propaganda, the war film genre is not necessarily tightly defined, the American Film Institute, for example, speaks of films to grapple with the Great War without attempting to classify these. However, some directors and critics have offered at least tentative definitions, the director Sam Fuller defined the genre by saying that a war film’s objective, no matter how personal or emotional, is to make a viewer feel war. However, Neale notes, films set in the American Civil War or the American Indian Wars of the 19th century were called war films in the time before the First World War, the film scholar Kathryn Kane points out some similarities between the war film genre and the Western. Both genres use opposing concepts like war and peace, civilization, james Clarke notes the similarity between a Western like Sam Peckinpahs The Wild Bunch and war-movie escapades like The Dirty Dozen. They take place in the combat zones of World War II, against the established enemies, on the ground. They contain many repeated events, such as mail call, all presented visually with appropriate uniforms, equipment and she argues that the combat film is not a subgenre but the only genuine kind of war film. This in turn pushes combat scenes to the ends of war films. Not all critics agree, either, that war films must be about 20th century wars, the costliest war in U. S. history in terms of American life, this war has been the subject of, or the backdrop to, numerous films, documentaries and mini-series. One of the earliest films using the Civil War as its subject was D. W. Griffiths 1910 silent picture, The Fugitive. Some films such as Gettysburg focused on a battle during the war, or even on a single incident, like the French short film. Others like the 1993 miniseries North and South spanned the entire breadth of the war, some films deal with the human aspects of the war, such as The Red Badge of Courage, or Shenandoah, on the tragedy that the war inflicted on the civilian population. Ken Burnss The Civil War is the most watched documentary in the history of PBS, the first war films come from the Spanish–American War of 1898. Short actualities – documentary film-clips – included Burial of the Maine Victims, Blanket-Tossing of a New Recruit and these non-combat films were accompanied by reenactments of fighting, such as of Theodore Roosevelts Rough Riders in action against the Spanish, staged in the United States
2. Germany – Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe. It includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres, with about 82 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union. After the United States, it is the second most popular destination in the world. Germanys capital and largest metropolis is Berlin, while its largest conurbation is the Ruhr, other major cities include Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf and Leipzig. Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity, a region named Germania was documented before 100 AD. During the Migration Period the Germanic tribes expanded southward, beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation, in 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After World War I and the German Revolution of 1918–1919, the Empire was replaced by the parliamentary Weimar Republic, the establishment of the national socialist dictatorship in 1933 led to World War II and the Holocaust. After a period of Allied occupation, two German states were founded, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, in 1990, the country was reunified. In the 21st century, Germany is a power and has the worlds fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP. As a global leader in industrial and technological sectors, it is both the worlds third-largest exporter and importer of goods. Germany is a country with a very high standard of living sustained by a skilled. It upholds a social security and universal health system, environmental protection. Germany was a member of the European Economic Community in 1957. It is part of the Schengen Area, and became a co-founder of the Eurozone in 1999, Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G8, the G20, and the OECD. The national military expenditure is the 9th highest in the world, the English word Germany derives from the Latin Germania, which came into use after Julius Caesar adopted it for the peoples east of the Rhine. This in turn descends from Proto-Germanic *þiudiskaz popular, derived from *þeudō, descended from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂- people, the discovery of the Mauer 1 mandible shows that ancient humans were present in Germany at least 600,000 years ago. The oldest complete hunting weapons found anywhere in the world were discovered in a mine in Schöningen where three 380, 000-year-old wooden javelins were unearthed
3. 4 Days in May – 4 days in May is a war drama film directed by Achim von Borries. The film was released on August 9,2011, at the Locarno Film Festival and it is one of the last days before the capitulation of the German army in May 1945. The setting is the Baltic coast in Pomerania, a unit of the Soviet army, comprising seven people and led by a captain nicknamed Gorynych by his companions, has left for reconnaissance and observation of the movements of the retreating Germans. The group is housed in a building, a shelter for orphaned girls. A German Army Wehrmacht detachment was situated close by, waiting transport for evacuation by sea to Denmark, both parties understand that the war is almost over, they do not want to engage each other and choose to wait things out. But resistance is not over for a teenage orphan Peter, who was indoctrinated in the no surrender tradition of National Socialism, Soviet intelligence officers disarm him and patiently try to neutralize his youthful aggression. On May 8,1945, Victory in Europe Day, a Soviet major who is commander of the division includes the reconnaissance unit. He was drunk on the occasion of Germanys capitulation, the major tries to rape one of the German girls, but the captain disarms him and stops the attempt. Wishing to eliminate witnesses of his indecent behavior, the said that the enemy, in disguise, infiltrated the building. The German detachment did not surrender but came to rescue the children, then they made provisions for the safe withdrawal of the orphans on a fishing launch to Denmark. Alexei Guskov, the producer and the actor, based the screenplay on a work by Dmitry Faust. The author, telling the story of Marshal of the Soviet Union, K. Moskalenko, scouts prevented the drunken major - a tank officer - from raping a German girl. The plausibility of the story was supported by its publication in the prestigious Russian historical illustrated magazine Rodina, however, the same journalcontained an article by Boris Sokolov, in which he called into question the authenticity of the political report quoted by Dmitry Faust. Wendt Angelina Henchy as Anna Petra Kelling as patroness of the shelter Special Jury Award, For courage and humanism, the information in this article is based on that in its Russian equivalent. The magazine Around the World №5,2006, official website 4 Days in May at the Internet Movie Database Card for 4 days in May in the public register of films MC RF
4. The Adventures of Werner Holt (film) – The Adventures of Werner Holt is a 1965 East German drama film directed by Joachim Kunert. Holt recalls the last two years of his life, his meeting with Wolzow, their conscription, his experience as an assistant in an anti-aircraft battery, after that, he realized that his fathers claims about millions of people being murdered in the concentration camps were true. As the Soviets attack, Wolzow orders his soldiers to hold to the last man. Holt flees, only to hear that his friend was accused of treason by an SS blocking detachment. He arrives in time to see Wolzow hanged, enraged, Holt grabs a machine-gun and mows down the executioners. Wolzow Martin Flörchinger - Attorney Gomulka Helga Göring - Mrs. Gomulka Ingeborg Ottmann - Mrs, the film sold more than three million tickets in East Germany alone, and was well received in the Soviet Union. It was one of the relatively few DEFA pictures to be released in West Germany, director Joachim Kunert, writer Claus Küchenmeister and cinematographer Rolf Sohre all won the National Prize of East Germany, 2nd Class, on 6 October 1965. The film was selected as the best film of the year by the readers of the magazine Junge Welt. In addition, It was granted an Honorary Medal in the 1966 Carthage Film Festival, on 6 February 1965, the National Zeitung columnist Hartmut Albrect wrote that the picture contained extraordinary, well-made scenes that convey deeper messages than those immediately noticed. Günter Sobe from the Berliner Zeitung dubbed the picture as remarkably authentic that has a powerful effect, critic Ulrich Gregor praised Kunerts decision to split the plot into two storylines in order to deal with the chronological inconsistency of Nolls book. The German International Film Lexicon described the picture as one that causes shock, anke Pinkert, too, viewed it as a picture that dealt with the issue of in a more realistic manner than previous works. James Chapman wrote that the flashbacks and the techniques employed by the director enabled Kunert to present a fully rounded protagonist. Daniela Berghan included the film among DEFAs Anti-Fascist classics, authors Antonin and Miera Liehm classified it as one the army epics, a genre that used the setting of the German military to convey strong criticism of the countrys militaristic tradition. In 1996, The Adventures of Werner Holt was selected by a commission of historians, the Adventures of Werner Holt at the Internet Movie Database Original poster on filmportal. de
5. Black Book (film) – Black Book is a 2006 Dutch thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn. The film had its premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival. It is the first film that Verhoeven made in the Netherlands since The Fourth Man, the press in the Netherlands was positive, with three Golden Calves Black Book was the film which won the most awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006. The international press responded positively as well, especially to the performance of Van Houten. It was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and was the Dutch submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, but was not nominated. At the time of release, it was the most expensive Dutch film ever made, in 2008, the Dutch public voted it the best Dutch film ever. In 1944, Rachel Stein, a Dutch-Jewish singer who had lived in Berlin before the war, is hiding from the Nazi regime in the occupied Netherlands. Rachel and Rob are reunited with her family and try to flee by boat through the Biesbosch with other Jews from the Nazi-occupied part of the Netherlands to the southern part of the country. However, it out to be a trap. They are ambushed on the river by members of the German SS, Rachel alone survives, but she does not manage to escape from occupied territory. Smaal is in touch with this Resistance cell, when Kuipers son and other members of the Resistance are captured, Ellis agrees to help by seducing local SD commander Hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze, bleaching all of her hair blonde. She obtains a job as a secretary at the SD headquarters while also falling in love with Müntze and he realises that her hair is bleached and she is a Jew, but does not care. She also becomes friends with her Dutch colleague Ronnie, who collaborates with the Germans, working for them, being available to them. Against Kuipers orders, Akkermans and others decide to abduct Van Gein to expose the suspected traitor, the plot goes wrong when Akkermans chloroform fails to work, Van Gein begins to succumb to it, but suddenly fights back and is killed. Franken responds by planning to kill forty hostages, including most of the plotters, but Müntze, Müntze confronts Ellis and demands that she tell him her story, which she does. However, the safe reveals nothing, and Franken tells Käutner that Müntze has been negotiating with Dutch resistance terrorists for a truce. Müntze is condemned to death and imprisoned, along with the members of the resistance cell Franken was already planning to shoot as a reprisal for the killing of Van Gein. Ellis agrees to participate in an attempt for the resistance prisoners only on the condition that they free Müntze too and, albeit reluctantly
6. Das Boot – Das Boot is a 1981 German epic war film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer and Klaus Wennemann. It has been exhibited both as a release and as a TV miniseries, and in several different home video versions of various running times. An adaptation of Lothar-Günther Buchheims 1973 German novel of the same name, the screenplay used an amalgamation of exploits from the real U-96, a Type VIIC-class U-boat. Several American directors were considered three years earlier before the film was shelved, one of Petersens goals was to guide the audience through a journey to the edge of the mind, showing what war is all about. Produced with a budget of 32 million DM, the film was released on September 17,1981 and it grossed over $80 million worldwide between its theatrical releases and received critical acclaim. Its high production cost ranks it among the most expensive films in the history of German cinema, Lt. Werner, has been assigned as a war correspondent on the German submarine U-96 in October 1941. He meets its captain, chief engineer, and the crew in a raucous French bordello, Thomsen, another captain, gives a crude drunken speech to celebrate his Ritterkreuz award, in which he openly mocks not only Winston Churchill but implicitly Adolf Hitler as well. The next morning, they out of the harbour of La Rochelle to a cheering crowd. Werner is given a tour of the boat, as time passes, he observes ideological differences between the new crew members and the hardened veterans, particularly the captain, who is embittered and cynical about the war. The new men, including Werner, are mocked by the rest of the crew. After days of boredom, the crew is excited by another U-boats spotting of an enemy convoy, while the captain attempts to sink the destroyer, it sees the subs periscope, and they are bombarded with depth charges. They narrowly escape with light damage. The next three weeks are spent enduring a relentless storm, morale drops after a series of misfortunes, but the crew is cheered temporarily by a chance encounter with Thomsens boat. Shortly after the ends, the boat encounters a British convoy and quickly launches four torpedoes. They are spotted by a destroyer and have to dive below the submarines rated limit, during the ensuing depth-charge attack, the chief mechanic, Johann, panics and has to be restrained. The boat sustains heavy damage, but is able to safely surface in darkness. An enemy tanker remains afloat and on fire, so they torpedo the ship, only to realize there are still sailors aboard, they watch in horror as the sailors leap overboard. Unable to accommodate prisoners, the orders the boat away
7. Breakthrough (1979 film) – Breakthrough is a 1979 war film set on the Western Front. The picture is a sequel to Sam Peckinpahs Cross of Iron, the film starred several big names including Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum and Rod Steiger. Burton and Helmut Griem assume the roles played by James Coburn, the supporting cast features Michael Parks and Curd Jürgens. Starting in late May 1944, during the German retreat on the Eastern Front, steiners platoon fails in its mission by coming up against a Russian tank. Steiner then takes a furlough to Paris just as the Allies launch their invasion of Normandy, steiners unit is transferred to France, occupying the village of St. Bologne. The plan fails and American forces launch an attack on German forces in St. Bologne where Stransky has planned an explosion to destroy both the Americans and civilian inhabitants
8. Charlotte Gray (film) – Charlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German film drama directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay was adapted from Sebastian Faulks novel with the same title and it is set in Vichy France during World War II. The film stars Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Rupert Penry-Jones, Michael Gambon, the story is based on the exploits of women in Great Britains Special Operations Executive who worked with the French resistance in Nazi-occupied France. The character Charlotte Gray is a based on such SOE agents as Pearl Cornioley, Nancy Wake, Odette Sansom. In 1942, a young Scot, Charlotte Gray, travels by train to London to take a job in a surgery, on the train, Richard Cannerley enters the compartment where Charlotte is seated. Cannerley chats with Charlotte, asking questions about her life and expressing interest that she is fluent in French and he gives Charlotte his card with the date, time and address of a book launch party. Social life in London is in full swing, and Charlottes friends convince her to attend the party, there Charlotte meets handsome Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Peter Gregory. Cannerley interrupts Charlotte and Gregory by urging Charlotte to meet some of his acquaintances at the party, Cannerley asks Charlotte to contact him when she leaves the party. Charlotte and Gregory enjoy a quick wartime romance, as they talk about the war and bravery, Charlotte confides that she thinks Cannerley wants her to try out for some secret organisation in connection with the war. Peter tells her not to get involved because it is too dangerous, Charlotte points out that nothing could be more dangerous than flying air force combat missions. Gregory tells Charlotte that he will be away for the few weeks flying missions over France. Charlotte joins the SOE and is seconded to First Aid Nursing Yeomanry with the rank of Driver, Charlotte learns that Gregorys plane has gone down in France and that he is missing in action. Charlotte signs up for SOE operations in France, motivated in part by her desire to find Gregory, Charlotte enters France by parachute with two men. She lands out of the zone because two young boys on the ground are playing with flashlights, which appear to signal the drop zone. The boys run away, half-thinking Charlotte is an angel, Charlottes first mission in France is a test run, to deliver radio vacuum tubes to a contact in France. The meeting place is a café, Charlottes contact hurriedly enters the café, and they exchange the coded greeting to identify one another. The contact explains that she believes that police are following her. Police enter the café, question the contact, examine her papers and other belongings, Charlotte realizes that this encounter compromised her cover
9. Cross of Iron – Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 war film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War II during the Soviets Caucasus operations against the Wehrmachts Kuban bridgehead on the Taman Peninsula in late 1943. The film focuses on the conflict between a newly arrived, aristocratic Prussian officer who covets winning the Iron Cross and a cynical. The screenplay was based on the 1956 novel The Willing Flesh by Willi Heinrich, exteriors were shot on location in Yugoslavia. The film is notable for using a significant number of authentic tanks, the movie opens with a German childrens song, Hänschen klein, mixed with black-and-white footage of prewar and war scenes. It then segues to color and a German platoon raid on a Russian forward outpost led by Sergeant Rolf Steiner, an aristocratic Prussian officer, Captain Stransky, is posted as a new battalion commander in the Kuban bridgehead on the Eastern Front in 1943. When Stransky meets Steiner for the first time, he orders Steiner to shoot the boy prisoner in strict observance of a standing order. When Steiner refuses, Stransky prepares to shoot the boy himself, later, Stransky informs Steiner that he has been promoted to Senior Sergeant, and is puzzled by Steiners nonchalant response. Stransky also discovers that his adjutant, Lieutenant Triebig, is a closet homosexual after Stransky surreptitiously sees Triebig stroking the cheek of an enlisted orderly, while waiting for an anticipated attack, Steiner releases the young Russian, only to see the boy killed by advancing Soviet troops. As Stransky cowers in his bunker, Lieutenant Meyer, the leader of Steiners company, is killed while leading a successful counterattack. Steiner is wounded in the same battle trying to rescue a German soldier and is sent to a hospital to recover. There, he is haunted by the faces of the men and the boy. After he has recovered, Steiner is offered a home leave, when he arrives, Steiner is informed that Stransky has claimed that he, not Meyer, led the successful counterattack, and has been nominated for the Iron Cross. Stransky named as witnesses Triebig, and Steiner, Stransky tries to persuade Steiner to corroborate his claim by promising to look after him after the war. When his battalion is ordered to retreat, Stransky does not notify Steiners platoon, making their way back through now enemy territory, the men capture an all-female Russian detachment. While Steiner is busy, Zoll, a despised Nazi Party member and she bites off his genitals and he kills her. Meanwhile, young Dietz, left to guard the rest of the women alone, is distracted and killed as well, disgusted, Steiner locks Zoll up with the vengeful Russian women, taking their uniforms to use as a disguise. As the men near the German lines, they radio ahead to avoid friendly fire, Stransky suggests to Triebig that Steiner and his men be mistaken for Russians
10. Downfall (2004 film) – Downfall is a 2004 German-Italian-Austrian historical war drama film depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitlers rule over Nazi Germany in 1945. It was based on several histories of the period, the film was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, and written and produced by Bernd Eichinger. The film received acclaim upon release and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film begins with an excerpt from the documentary Blind Spot, Hitlers Secretary, featuring the real Traudl Junge expressing her guilt, the film continues showing Hitler hiring Junge as his secretary at the Wolfs Lair in East Prussia in November 1942. The story resumes on 20 April 1945, the Führers birthday, a loud artillery blast wakes up Traudl, Gerda Christian and Constanze Manziarly in the room they share. Down in the Führerbunker, Hitler is informed by Wilhelm Burgdorf that Berlin is under attack, at Hitlers birthday reception, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and his SS adjutant Hermann Fegelein plead with Hitler to leave the city. Instead, Hitler declares, I will defeat them in Berlin, Himmler leaves to negotiate surrender terms with the Western Allies, behind Hitlers back. In another part of the city, a group of Hitler Youth members are bolstering defenses, Peter, one of the members, is urged by his father to desert but refuses. Meanwhile, Hitler discusses his new scorched earth policy with his Minister of Armaments, Albert Speer, Traudl suffers an anxiety attack at the realisation that the bunker is under siege and begins crying. The next day, while his unit is fighting the Red Army forces, after explaining to Hans Krebs and Burgdorf that it was a misunderstanding, Weidling is promoted by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel to oversee Berlins crumbling defences. Hitler orders an attack from Felix Steiners unit to stem the Soviet advance – army groups which at this point only exist on paper, later, Hitler is informed by Krebs and Alfred Jodl that Steiner could not mount the attack. However, he is determined to stay in Berlin to the end, even if it means killing himself, saying But, gentlemen, if you believe Im going to leave Berlin. Id rather blow my brains out, after seeing conscripted civilians of the Volkssturm needlessly gunned down in battle, General Mohnke confronts Joseph Goebbels, their commander, about the slaughter. Goebbels tells Mohnke that he has no pity for the civilians, Hitler responds by stripping Göring of his rank, ordering his arrest, and naming Robert Ritter von Greim as his replacement. Hitler then receives further upsetting news when Speer informs him that he has defied Hitlers scorched earth policy orders, Hitler does not punish Speer, but he does not shake his hand as Speer leaves. At dinner, Hitler receives a report that Himmler has contacted Folke Bernadotte in an attempt to negotiate surrender, Hitler orders von Greim and his mistress, test pilot Hanna Reitsch to find Himmler and that his adjutant Fegelein be brought to him. After being informed by Otto Günsche that Fegelein has deserted, Hitler orders Fegelein executed for treason, when he does not get it, Grawitz goes home and kills himself and his family with grenades. That night, Fegelein is arrested and executed by an RSD squad, news grows even grimmer as Weidling reports to Hitler there are no reserves left, and Mohnke reports that the Red Army is only 300 to 400 metres from the Reich Chancellery
11. Inglourious Basterds – Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 American-German war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent. Christoph Waltz co-stars as Hans Landa, an SS colonel tracking down Raines group, the films title was inspired by Italian director Enzo G. Castellaris macaroni combat film, The Inglorious Bastards. Tarantino wrote the script in 1998 but struggled with the ending and chose to hold off filming, after directing Death Proof in 2007, Tarantino returned to work on Inglourious Basterds. A co-production of the United States and Germany, the film began principal photography in October 2008 and was filmed in Germany, Inglourious Basterds premiered on May 20,2009, at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. It was widely released in theaters in the United States and Europe in August 2009 by The Weinstein Company, the film was commercially successful, grossing over $321 million in theaters worldwide, making it Tarantinos highest-grossing film at that point, and second-highest to date, after Django Unchained. It received multiple awards and nominations, among them eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. For his role as Landa, Waltz won the Cannes Film Festivals Best Actor Award, as well as the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1941, SS colonel Hans Landa interrogates French dairy farmer Perrier La Padite as to the whereabouts of the last unaccounted-for Jewish family in the area. In exchange for the Germans agreeing to leave his family alone for the rest of the war, Landa orders SS soldiers to shoot through the floorboards. The family is killed except for Shosanna, a woman who escapes. Three years later, Lieutenant Aldo Raine of the First Special Service Force recruits Jewish-American soldiers to the Basterds, the Basterds also recruit Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, a German soldier who murdered thirteen Gestapo officers. Adolf Hitler interviews a German soldier, Private Butz, the survivor of a Basterd attack on his squad. Raine carved the Nazi swastika into Butzs forehead with a knife so he could never hide that he served in the German Heer, Shosanna is operating a cinema in Paris under an assumed name. She meets Fredrick Zoller, a German sniper who killed 250 soldiers in a battle, Zoller is to star in a Nazi propaganda film. Infatuated with Shosanna, Zoller convinces Joseph Goebbels to hold the premiere of the film at her cinema, Shosanna plots with her projectionist and lover, Marcel, to kill the Nazi leaders attending the premiere by setting the cinema ablaze. Unknown to Shosanna, British Army Lieutenant Archie Hicox is working with the Basterds to plan an attack on the same premiere, Hicox goes to a tavern with Hugo Stiglitz and Basterd Wilhelm Wicki to meet an undercover agent, the German film star Bridget von Hammersmark. Hicox draws the attention of Wehrmacht Sergeant Wilhelm then Gestapo Major Dieter Hellstrom with his uncommon accent, Hicox eventually gives himself away by ordering three drinks and gesturing three with his hand, Hellstrom knows that Germans gesture three with the thumb and first two fingers extended. Discovered, Stiglitz and the Basterds open fire, killing everyone in the tavern except Sergeant Wilhelm, Raine arrives and negotiates with Sergeant Wilhelm for Hammersmarks release, but she shoots Wilhelm when he lowers his guard
12. Ironclad (film) – Ironclad is a 2011 action adventure war film directed by Jonathan English. The film chronicles the siege of Rochester Castle by King John in 1215, the film was shot entirely in Wales in 2009 and produced on a budget of $25 million. A prologue describes how the barons of England, aided by the Knights Templar and it ended with the King signing the Magna Carta, a document granting rights to all English freemen. King John regrets succumbing to the pressure of the barons to sign the Magna Carta, the Abbot Marcus leads three Templar knights on a pilgrimage to Canterbury and they take shelter from the rain at Darnay Castle. One of the knights, Thomas Marshall, is assured by the abbot that Marshalls release from the Templar Order will be sought at Canterbury, by morning, King John arrives at the castle with his army and mercenaries. Baron Darnay signed the Magna Carta and in retribution John orders him hanged, the Abbot attempts to intervene and the King orders that the abbots tongue be cut off. Marshall and the two other knights fight the Danes, during which Marshall escapes the castle on horseback carrying the abbot, the abbot dies before night of his wound, and Marshall breaks his vow of silence to swear that his sacrifice will not be in vain. Once he has reached Canterbury, Marshall meets with Archbishop Langton, the author of the Magna Carta, and Baron William dAubigny, Langton reveals that the Pope has sided with King John and that he himself is to be excommunicated for writing the Magna Carta. Aubigny persuades three of his men to him, including his squire, Guy, and a petty criminal named Jedediah. A party of seven finally leaves for Rochester where, on arriving, they discover six Danish mercenaries have already claimed the castle, aubignys party fights and kills the Danish and then claim Rochester Castle in the name of the rebellion, much to the displeasure of Cornhill. When Johns army finally arrives and lays siege to Rochester, the garrison holds fast, in the aftermath, Aubigny offers his men leave if they wish, none accept. A second assault has the Danes siege tower destroyed by a trebuchet crafted by the defenders from within the castle, the Kings forces then attempt to starve the defenders. The Archbishop is informed that Prince Louis is biding his time in France and negotiating with John, the castle morale is bolstered by Marshalls act and he succumbs to the advances of Cornhills wife Isabel, breaking his Templar vows. Guy discovers the infiltrators and sounds the alarm, but it is too late, Tiberius leads the charge into the castle grounds while his Danes slaughter the garrison. During the chaos, dAubigny is wounded and left behind in the chaos of the retreat, Marshall recovers in time to don his knights battle armour and charge the Danes on his war-horse, buying time for the survivors to pull back to the keep. Aubigny is dragged before the King and forced to watch as the hands of two prisoners are chopped off, after a defiant verbal exchange with John, he is subjected to the same fate and then hurled by the castle trebuchet into a keep wall. Cornhill tries to surrender but is stopped, he goes upstairs to his bedroom. The last defenders are killed except Guy, Isabel and Marshall, Guy goes out to die fighting where he encounters Tiberius and is almost killed, until a recovered Marshall intervenes