Posted 24 January 2008 - 12:44 PM
Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:04 AM
A better-quality version can be found here.
Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:18 AM
A granddaughter of Tuvia Bielski (the one played by Daniel Craig) is making a doc on him
Posted 10 January 2009 - 05:08 PM
As to the questions in Peter's blog, the brothers do come out has heroes in the story. Tuvia is probably the moral light of the bunch, but by no means perfect.
Posted 13 November 2010 - 06:01 AM
I was most surprised with the depth of Craig's performance and the way Zwick avoids lionizing Tuvia as another faceless action hero (at least until that last battle), by showing his indecision in the most critical moment, and by not glossing over the morally questionable decisions he makes. I was certain when they captured the German that it would result in yet another noble "spare the enemy/we're not like them" speech, but what happens instead really drove home the complexity of managing their situation -- of trying to remain morally upright, but also needing to dissipate tension that would destroy from within. The way Craig captures that mixture of pain and pragmatism is pretty haunting.
In fact, even though the movie ends on a boring, typically heroic note, I was surprised at the extent to which the whole film doesn't sugarcoat the brothers' brutality or poor decisions.
Was also pleased and surprised that there was no dragged out Zwickian denouement. I'm kind of amazed he didn't include a scene that followed the Bielskis to New York.
The end battle, though, was straight out of another movie. It's the most shameless, unnecessary action scene Zwick's shoehorned into a film. It's bad enough to nearly sink the whole thing, and would have if not for the stuff mentioned above.
Edited by N.W. Douglas, 13 November 2010 - 06:06 AM.
Posted 15 November 2010 - 12:34 PM
Sure, Tuvia isn't Moses. But I think he helped me understand Moses just a little bit better. He's obviously trying to do the right thing. You wouldn't think it would be that difficult to get people to do what - obviously - is in their best interests (in fact, it's a matter of life and death). Craig's performance is so good in this because he perfectly captures a strong man under the pressure of constant needling, constant complaining, constant questioning of his motives and authority. He's trying to help a group of people who actually seem like they are purposely trying to drive him to insanity. I actually went back to Exodus and etc. after seeing this film, and the few times Moses actually completely snaps, well they make a lot of sense actually.
The battle at the end didn't bother me so much because by the time they get around to it, I was already exhausted. They overcome one incredible difficulty after another. If you've read or seen many of these stories about Jews during WWII, you have an expectation for how it's going to end. Then against all odds, Tuvia leads his little ragged band to survival only to meet almost certain defeat again. Then, with unexpected help, they overcome that obstacle only to find defeat waiting for them again. And then they ... and so on.
Great film. Great story. I personally like it better than Schindler's List.
Posted 15 November 2010 - 12:44 PM
And oh yeah, this film also probably includeds Mia Wasikowska's best performance so far. She's given more range in this than in Alice in Wonderland.