Stalingrad came five years before Saving Private Ryan, and while it's not as epic in scope, it's close, and it's more heart-wrenching. Unlike that Spielberg film it has much less moments of ham-handedness, feeling much more authentic in its empathetic portrayals of its characters, and has a more fitting anti-war message. It's also remarkable that we care for these German characters forced to be Nazis, as well.
Heart wrenching and utterly insane depiction of the horrors and pointlessness of the war at Stalingrad. I never really felt a close bond with the characters, but it shows the humanity of the people caught up in it even if they were on the bad side.
Do not watch this film through the 'original' English dubbed version which seems to be the default DVD edition from the shops. Get your hands on the German audio/English sub version and enjoy. Been watching this movie since I was small and I always had to look past the Eurotrashy/porno feel the English dubbing gave to the film to enjoy it, but only just watched the proper version and yeah, solid 4 stars.
Ce n'est pas la présence d'une trentaine d'acteurs, 25.000 figurants, 100 cascadeurs, 22 poids-lourds, 45 camions, 20 camionnettes, 29 omnibus, 50 voitures, 10 traîneaux à moteur, 25 blindés tchèques, 18 blindés finlandais, 6 avions, un train, 8 tonnes d'explosifs, 200.000 munitions d'artillerie, 10.000 costumes, qui y changeront grand chose; on est loin d'une oeuvre inoubliable bien au contraire. www.cinefiches.com