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THE FALL OF BERLIN (1945) * with switchable English subtitles *

Yuli Raizman; Yelizaveta Svilova.
$13.99

THE FALL OF BERLIN  (1945): 

The film begins with an animated map of Eastern Europe with Soviet soldier double exposed on the bottom. The narrator lists the names of the rivers that the Red Army crosses as they march west:  the Volga, Don, Desna, Dnieper, Bug, Dvina, Neman, Vistula, and finally, the Oder. The Soviet arrival at the Oder river is shown, along with the broken bridges across it. The undeterred men of the Red Army are shown as they cross the river while under German fire. The use of missile artillery by the Soviet forces is showcased.  After the Oder is crossed, the assault on Berlin itself begins. Footage of the actual battle is shown, as the Red Army fights German troops, street by street and building by building. This is interspersed with shots of Nazi propaganda films showing parades in the same areas, providing a sense of irony. A dramatic sequence follows a detachment of the Red Army in the assault on the Reichstag, which ends with the famous photograph, raising the Red Flag over the Reichstag. 

In Russian with switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 63 mins.  Pixellization and softness.


PLEASE NOTE THAT SWITCHABLE (SOFT) SUBTITLES WILL NOT SHOW UP WHEN VIEWING THE SAMPLE BELOW.  IF YOU SEE SUBTITLES, THEN THEY ARE HARD-ENCODED (meaning, they cannot be turned off when viewing the film):

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AIR ATTACK ON BERLIN: 

Documentary about the Anglo-American bombing of Berlin throughout the Second World War. Using interviews and rare film footage, this DVD conveys the horror and suffering of the population of WWII Germany's capital, the bombing of which was meant to demoralize and cripple in an effort to bring the War to a more rapid close.  The DVD addresses this as well as the postwar reconstruction of the city on both sides of the descending Iron Curtain upon the city and Germany.

In German with switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 55 mins.  Excellent picture quality.


PLEASE NOTE THAT SWITCHABLE (SOFT) SUBTITLES WILL NOT SHOW UP WHEN VIEWING THE SAMPLE BELOW.  IF YOU SEE SUBTITLES, THEN THEY ARE HARD-ENCODED (meaning, they cannot be turned off when viewing the film):

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TOTAL TIME:  118 mins.