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Herman Wouk’s “The Winds of War”-“War and Remembrance” miniseries ranks as one of the greatest miniseries ever. “War and Remembrance, The Final Chapter” is about 11 1/2 hours of viewing, and concludes the legend with the conclusion of the war. I rate the whole miniseries a solid 5 stars, but after a gorgeous amount of agonizing, I dropped “The Final Chapter” down to a four.
Several reasons. First of all, the fellow who plays Hitler in War and Remembrance (Steven Berkoff) does not do a superb job. He is a caricature of the heinous, formidable Fuhrer. Gunter Meisner, in “The Winds of War” is a far better portrayal of Hitler, and fully captures the malevolent genius of the man. This is lawful of several other characters. The chap who plays the Kommandant of the Theresienstadt concentration camp plays the role of being literally a beast in human make. The evils of the Nazi genocidal crimes are better shown, I deem, when the evildoers perpetuating these crimes are shown to be human beings knowingly committing evil–not animals who could scarcely know better. By incompatibility, Gunther Halmer, who plays Rudolph Hoess, does succeed in this–this is an shining man who has decided, consciously, to carry out inhuman policies. To me that is far scarier than the understanding that the SS-Nazis were simply animals. Well, that’s my understanding.
“The Final Chapter” could have broken-down more battle action. There was plenty of opportunity for this, what with this period covering the Normandy invasion, Patton’s budge across Europe, the American victory over Japan, etc., but such is not the case here. Lovers of this series (myself included) probably do not mind this too grand, but I felt that the first chapter of “War and Remembrance” with its incomparable, expedient depiction of the Battle of Midway, constituted better entertainment. This is, after all, a series about World War Two.
Some of the graphic scenes of concentration camp genocide are not for children. Parents will want to spend judgment if youngsters are display during viewing.
These criticisms aside, “The Final Chapter” is quite an achievement, if for no other reason it satisfactorily wraps up the whole series reasonably smartly. This miniseries will be an enduring classic.
I deem these movies and books are a gargantuan device to learn about WWII because the blending of historical figures/events and fictional characters makes it genuine and holds your interest. You net more of a feel for what people experienced and had to deal with. I contemplate all three volumes (“Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance”) were righteous. I bought “Winds of War” and received both volumes of “War and Remembrance” as gifts from my husband and mom. I’ve read both books twice, and the movies followed the books very well. I mediate this was because the author of the books, Herman Wouk, wrote the screenplays. I also highly recommend both books.
I consider the casting was mountainous. I consider Jane Seymour and Ali MacGraw were both generous as Natalie (my accepted character in the narrative) . Ali portrayed the spitfire portion of Natalie’s personality better; but, Seymour brought a depth, compassion and softness to the character that Natalie did own. I deem Natalie should have escaped when she could’ve, but then the chronicle wouldn’t have been as grand and challenging as it was. I gain Wouk had a point to design in writing the chronicle that scheme. It stressed devotion to a loved one in misfortune, and the unwillingness to bear the unthinkable could happen. Both of these were prevalent among the Jewish community in WWII. I deem Mitchum & Bergen were great–wonderful chemistry and playing off one another. I mediate Sir John Gielgud was a better choice for the share of Aaron Jastrow than John Houseman. I liked both Jan Michael-Vincent and Hart Bochner as Briny. I judge the section of Hitler in both movies could have been cast better. David Dukes as Slote, Topol as Berel Jastrow and Sami Frey as Rabinovitz were choice–couldn’t have been cast better. Eddie Albert as Assistant Secretary of Situation Breckinridge Long was helpful. Long was an embarrassment to the U.S. during that time–a person who should have never held that state. (Enough of my political thought!) Ralph Bellamy as Roosevelt was also vast. Robert Hardy as Churchill was agreeable. Bill Wallis as Beck was spooky–he played the piece so well.
I’ve aged the movies as a design to thunder my children about WWII and the lessons we can learn from it. I am a WWII buff, and have read many apt books on the subject and seen many documentaries. The works by Herman Wouk and Bodie Thoene (also superior) are the only historical fiction books I’ve read on the subject. My main interest is the history of the Holocaust, Hitler and the war in Europe. I possess there are many lessons we as individuals and the U.S. as a nation can learn from WWII. History always repeats itself. I also highly recommend the book and movie “The Hiding Site” by Corrie ten Bid which chronicles the fable of the ten Jabber family in WWII Holland as they hid Jews in their home. They were a strong Christian family who were eventually arrested and two of them were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. I hope this review is excellent and ecstatic reading and delight in the movie!
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