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The Bridge

Die Brücke

Geregisseerd door Bernhard Wicki
Bondsrepubliek Duitsland, 1959
Drama, Oorlog


A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of WWII. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the “blood and honor” Nazi ideology, stay to defend it.

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The Bridge Geregisseerd door Bernhard Wicki

Prijzen & Festivals

Academy Awards

1960 | Genomineerde: Best Foreign Language Film

National Board of Review

1961 | 2 overwinningen waaronder: Best Foreign Film

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

1960 | 2 overwinningen waaronder: Best Film

Although the movie’s style doesn’t change radically, the way the characters look does, and Wicki is patient enough to allow that alteration to simply sink in to the viewer’s consciousness, one small bit of wrongness to prepare the way for the greater wrongs to follow.
June 25, 2015
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Most of the conflicts are too banal to warrant the amount of attention they receive… This all becomes nearly irrelevant, however, once The Bridge finally reaches the bridge. Its last 45 minutes constitute a single sustained, relentlessly intense battle sequence, as the clueless septet valiantly tries to defend a structure that their own side wants destroyed.
June 24, 2015
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Wicki plots the film as a virulent anti-war statement, but there’s nothing superficial or polemical about his aims; he allows the events to unfold with an internal logic that, while tragic and coincidental in the case of why the boys are left alone to guard a bridge, attempts to depict a firefight with the rousing excitement often found in more patriotic war films, only altered by the knowledge that, indeed, these are just boys staring down the barrel of a gun.
June 15, 2015
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