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182 Ratings

The Mortal Storm

Directed by Frank Borzage
United States, 1940


The Roth family lead a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930’s. When the Nazi’s come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

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The Mortal Storm Directed by Frank Borzage

Critics reviews

Bonfires of books, a whiff of Nacht und Nebel in the prison visit (practically a lost playlet from Fear and Misery of the Third Reich), a continuous darkening, a Cocteauesque sense of fatality (“Dear, we have so little time…”). Grand Illusion is a touching presence in the snowy border getaway, followed by the final view of the once-bountiful family household—now just a vacant shell for destructive fools trying to convince themselves of “duty,” the saddest essence of fascism.
January 30, 2017
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