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Die Welle, The Wave [Region All, NTSC]

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Karo and Mona protest the actions of the group, and Mona, disgusted with how her classmates are embracing fascism, leaves the project group. They elect a leader (him) and he begins to instill in them (merely as an example) the virtues and practices that accompany an autocracy ("Strength through discipline", "Work as one"). a b Tobias Kniebe: Der Faschist in uns Archived 26 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 12.

It had a salute (a raised, cupped hand), a slogan - "strength through discipline, community and action" - and a secret police force. I've been to Germany to talk to people a couple of times, and when the whole National Socialism movement rolled out, it was gradual. When the conflict finally erupts into violence at an intramural water polo game, the teacher decides to break off the experiment.

It works as a study of human behavior that manipulating mind of many at once is not a rocket science. We lived in a tree house in the mountains [the character in the film and his pregnant wife have a houseboat], so it felt true. I think the depth to which personal relationships and social groupings are explored make this into much more of a fascinating drama than an exercise in the condemning of fascism.

From the get go, death of a character is imminent and even with its shock value, it justifies itself as beyond a plot device. It creates this palpable undercurrent, that even with a country that already identifies itself as guilty; it still cannot escape the possibility of anarchy.

While "Die Welle" is obviously aimed at teenagers (I believe the book is a set text in Germany), it suffers greatly from appearing to have been written by teenagers. Would they really not see the parallel between themselves and the Nazi films and anti-Nazi speeches they have been bombarded with throughout their youth? In doing this, it reinforces it's message of groups gaining strength through their numbers and shared behaviours. Die welle" is a lesson in how vulnerable a society is when it falls under a spell of a charismatic leader.

She refused to wear the white shirt, missed interest in the class, and even fought with her boyfriend believing that everything in "The Wave" was wrong.The rights to the story which belonged to Sony were given over to Dennis Gansel for the production of a German movie. But what Dennis Gansel has done with Die Welle is far more accessible and entertaining, although not necessarily better. With it, the film becomes a more complex and intelligent discussion of the circumstances under which fascism might develop.

The Wave is not the only movie to convert a social experiment conducted in the United States into a fictionalized plot. Gansel justifies the drastic end with the necessity of shocking the audience after the length of the film, of providing a counter-statement and of taking up a stance.It is a German movie and based on a social experiment by a teacher on its students that goes out of control.

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