Osvobozhdenie/Liberation - Biggest WWII Film Ever

Earl_of_Rochester

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Osvobozhdenie

Little known in the West, but it's a monster of a film made in 1970s Soviet Russia, and in Soviet Russia the movies watch you!

I initially heard about it a few years back from my ex girlfriend as she was Russian.

The whole film is about 7.5 hours long and runs from the Battle of Kursk to the Surrender of Germany, there's also a shorter Western version but I've never seen it.

[ame="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151852/"]The Great Battle (1969) - IMDb[/ame]






I believe you can watch the entire Russian version in sequence here:

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcekvQeHS6o&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLDB3345EB17780A69"]О�вобождение: Огненна� дуга / Liberation: The Bulge of Fire - YouTube[/ame]

Bearing in mind that bit is just the first part.

I'm browsing through the first part, I think there's about 5 films in total to make up this outrageous movie. Unfortunately it's all in Russian too so I have no idea what they're saying. I can help you guys out a little though as I've seen the movie before so I know vaguely what happens.

Apparently a monkey escapes from Moscow zoo, joins the Russian Army and is promptly given a field promotion to General. You can see how this all comes together in the last part of the film. The rest I'm not really sure about, there's some huge tank battles and lots of people running around shooting each other, worth the watch just for that if you like action stuff.

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Earl_of_Rochester

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Have watched the whole thing over a period of a few days, I highly recommend this film for WWII buffs. Bearing in mind it was made in 1969/1970, it makes our own films of the time appear utterly inconsequential. Kelly's Heroes etc don't even begin to compare.

The battle sequences are vast and the fighting scenes are well directed and exciting. It's best to download or acquire the movie with subtitles.

The historical scenes are all filmed in black and white whilst the fictional ones based on history are filmed in colour. They even had Zhukov and other main players at the film to give military advice, people who're German soilders are actually Germans, the same for Polish, French Romanian etc.

It's too long for one sitting, but definitely worth seeing as a film series. Now I've seen it it's probably marked as one of my favourite WWII films ever.
 
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This would kill my band width, but it does look good. I often watch foreign movies, much easier with subtitles though. I love foreign movies, it is a shame more people don't watch them and give them the credit they deserve.
 

Earl_of_Rochester

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Better to download with English subtitles than to watch it on youtube. the whole thing is 6.87 gig or so on a certain piratey website. Yaarh rum and the lash etc.
 

Earl_of_Rochester

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Does anyone know the military march at the end of the movie?


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgTLjkxwZuY&wide=1]Освобождение: Прорыв / Liberation: The Break Through - YouTube[/ame]

It starts exactly at 1:22:00 at the end of the film. It's quite a catchy tune.
 

Belloc

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Will have to watch this later. Leave it to the Russians to make the biggest historical films(much like their adaptation of War and Peace). :D
 
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Released in the UK as a very specialised feature in 1971 "The Great Battle" was seen by audiences for only a 7-week programmed appearance.

Its opening night on 9 September 1971 at the Astoria, Charing Cross Road, London (one of the then worldwide huge screen Cinerama Theatres until its demise as a cinema in 1976 and demolition in 2010) and lasted until November 4 of that year. Further screenings in UK only likely in educational institutions. No record of screening on British TV.

From the WillinBirm film archive, shown here the UK press coverage of the opening showing. Quotations from the (not very favourable) British press seen here available on request.
 

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Earl_of_Rochester

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That's a joke. Made in the Soviet Union but the film far surpassed anything the West could produce for the next 20-30 years imho. A Bridge Too Far is the equivalent of just one of the films.
 

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First half of movie available with English subtitles above ^


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2nd half


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3rd half


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4th half


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5th half


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6th half


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7th half


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8th & last part of the movie.


Each bit is about an hour or so long, the first part is the start of the German invasion and the last is the massive attack on Berlin. You can click on any part of the series and get a decent war movie, tho the first part is the big build up. All the parts filmed in black and white represent famous historical facts from Hitler/Stalin et al.

If anyone knows the military march on 52:00 of part 3 I'd be interested to know.
 
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