Just finished watching the movie Enemy at the Gates. I think it’s pretty typical of American cinema* that they generally ignore the war in the background and focus on one hero, and on top of that shovel in a completely unnecessary romance. Pardon me while I engage in a little :rolleyes: (I *have *read the book, and was hoping the movie would follow the book a little more, but it seems perfectly OK to steal book titles and then change the story as much as you want. I, Robot, anyone?)
On the whole, though, a fairly good movie with lots of excellent stalking scenes between the Major and Vassili. Looking up Vassili I see he was indeed a famous hero of the Battle of Stalingrad. Facinating information. I also read, however, that the Russians were completely insulted by the depiction of themselves in the movie! Well, I can see that being either way - we falsely depicted them or we truly depicted them and they don’t like to remember. Either way, Stalingrad stood, so I think that’s gotta mean something.
I slow-forwarded all the scenes with Rachel Weisz. I am so anti-romance in serious movies that it annoys me to see it! So I couldn’t tell you how she did, nor much of Joseph Fiennes. Although Fiennes’ death was probably his best moment.
Jude Law was great though, but Ed Harris really stole the show. His portrayal of Major Konig was superb. And the best scenes were when it was just Konig and Zaitsev, squaring off, mano a mano.
I still hope to see a *real *portrayal of the Battle for Stalingrad, a movie perhaps like A Bridge Too Far. I don’t know what the chances are but it’s a fascinating battle, Germans and Russians at the end of their ropes, pitted against each other.
*Now, now. I’m not really insulting American cinema but it is something that it does a lot. The romance portion particularly. The amount of movies I’ve seen that halt or even derail the main plot so as to force romance in is astounding. And apparently American cinema seems to need a hero.
The other interesting thing I discovered in looking up all this stuff is Richard Attenborough, the man who directed A Bridge Too Far, is the elder brother of David Attenborough, the famous naturalistr! Wow! Imagine being able to point and say “Thos are my sons.”