Thursday, June 4, 2009

Movie Review - Operation Valkyrie: The Stauffenberg Plot to Kill Hitler

In our effort to view all Hitler media for this blog, I agreed to a screening of Valkyrie despite my complete aversion to Tom Cruise. In true Hollywood style, it turns out there was more than one movie on this topic released in the same year, and Sean mistakenly added Operation Valkyrie: The Stauffenberg Plot to Kill Hitler to the Netflix queue.

Operation Valkyrie is a very thorough, well-produced documentary. It has an interesting mix of the usual moldy old file footage, historical photos, interviews with family members of the conspirators, and (bad) computer simulations. It gave good insight into the background of Stauffenberg and the resistance movement within the party. At times it did seem a bit stretched (descriptions of minutiae) and it may have been better as a one-hour presentation (at 76 minutes, it's too short for a movie). It also had really weirdly inappropriate theme music. But overall, very good and informative. I give it four stars.

Now I'm sure when we get around to viewing Valkyrie, I'll be even more annoyed by it, since I've got all the historical details.

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