The Battle of Stalingrad: Over the years Through Flims (The Historical…
The Battle of Stalingrad: Over the years Through Flims
The Historical Background Info
German Perspective: The operation Case Blau, 28 June and 24 November 1942. The objective was to capture the city of Stalingrad and secure the Baku oil fields to the south.
The German Field Marshal: Friedrich Paulus
Soviet perspective: Defend the city at all cost's. Later on in this battle they launched Operation Uranus 19-23 November 1942. Where they cut off the German sixth army within Stalingrad.
The Soviet Commanders: Andrey Yeryomenko and Nikita Khurshchev.
The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was the largest confrontation of World War II, in which Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia.Marked by fierce close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, it was the largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest (1.8–2 million killed, wounded or captured) battle in the history of warfare.
My question: I will be looking at how the Battle of Stalingrad through film as been depicted through out the years.
Intro thesis: The depiction of the Battle of Stalingrad through the years, were portrayed differently from one another, due to both political and societal reasons when these different Stalingrad films came out through unique cinematography and either using traditional or modern takes on it.
The main points: 1. The historical info of the Battle of Stalingrad. 2. Addressing my three primary sources of the Battle of Stalingrad. 3. The contrast and comparability to a in class primary source through lecture. 4. The conclusion
In conclusion, the depictions of the Battle of Stalingrad changed in each variations that has been released through out the years, due changing political and social landscapes of when they have been made.
The film Stalingrad(1993) Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, which released on January 21, 1993.
The style that this movie was presented was more in line with a traditional approach in representing the Battle of Stalingrad in a grim and historical fashion of what it was back then.
During this films production and release was when Germany was once again whole after the cold war ending about 2 years before this movie came out. As this movie was a symbolic way of unifying Germans in a nationalist feeling of being whole, but not in a negative light as in the past.
The movie focuses more so on the German perspective of this major battle on the eastern front in the European theater.
The film "Enemy at the Gates" was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, which released on March 16, 2001. It is based of the book with the same title, written by William Craig in 1973.
This film focuses on one major character, which is named Vasily Zaytsev.
Jeans depiction of the Battle of Stalingrad was gritty, but was more better representing all sides of this battle.
For example, scenes like this:
The film is based upon the Soviet perspective of this battle, with some German perspective scenes as well.
Though this film does use some fictional characters being put into the real life events of Vasilys accounts during the Battle of Stalingrad.
This movie had for the most been artistically done more traditionally, but it does have some modernism in it.
The film Stalingrad (2013), was directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, which was released on September 27, 2013. This was primary shown and filmed within Russia.
The movie in general was more going off of Russian pride and nationalism as it was probably coming up close to the 70 anniversary of Germanys defeat in World War II.
This portrayal of the Battle of Stalingrad has a more modern style of cinematography that is on par with Michael Bay war movies. In terms of action sequences in scenes it is more of an action sized portrayal of the Battle of Stalingrad, then a more traditional approach in depicting it.
Compare and contrast analysis
Enemy at the gates reminds of me of Ernest Hemmingway's book titled, "For whom the bells toll"
The narrative mirror or style, can be pointed that in both you have fictional characters and historical non fictional characters being in both of these works.
The diverging differences between these two works, is that Enemy at the gate although having fictional characters in both the book and movie still depicts the life of Vasily Zaytsev and his role in the Battle of Stalingrad.
Both Enemy at the gates and For whom the bell tolls, take place in real conflicts or battles which did happen in real life.
While in For whom the bell tolls main protagonist being a fictional character named Robert Jordan. Who in context is supposed to represent Ernest himself, both Jordan and Ernest are American people going over to Spain to fight for what they believe is right. However the main differences is that Ernest never actually fought in the Spanish civil war, he only flimed, in comparsion to Vasily who did fight his opponents.