Jack Boot Mutiny: The July 20th, 1944 Bomb Plot To Assasinate Hitler (Es geschah am 20. Juli) Operation Valkyrie DVD DELUXE VERSION
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This is the true saga of the anti-Hitler German Army officers’ Bomb Plot of July
20, 1944 that almost killed Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, and thus very nearly changed
the course of World War II. In light of the recent release of the new Tom Cruise
movie Valkyrie, there is renewed interest in the very first docudrama on this fascinating
subject, famed director G. W. Pabst’s riveting 1955 film Jackboot Mutiny. Valkyrie
presents as the plotters’ main motivation the Nazi war crimes against humanity.
In vivid contrast, Jackboot Mutiny reveals instead that it was to stop the loss
of German lives and the destruction of Germany, and also not to continue the war
to a successful conclusion. Thus, it is a more historically accurate film. Originally
titled It Happened on July 20th, Jackboot Mutiny is an expert retelling of the events
that proceeds fast without a single slow moment. Much of the dialogue is lifted
straight from historical records, and there are no fictional characters added. Actor
Bernhard Wicki plays the true-life hero von Stauffenberg, and is excellent. One
of Germany’s most capable post-World War II directors (such as the outstanding film
The Bridge), Wicki here tried acting for a change, and this is the fine result.
(He also later directed the German parts of the American film The Longest Day.)
Other major historical characters featured in this film are Col. Gens. Ludwig Beck
and Friedrich Fromm, as well as Maj. Otto Ernst Remer, a key figure in foiling the
plot in Berlin.
Germany, 1955, B&W, 74 minutes, German with English subtitles.
• Historical Background Slide Shows
• Director G.W. Pabst Background History
• Film Reviews
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