Danilov has her transferred to an intelligence unit away from the battlefield. The movie takes place almost entirely in the rubble and ruins of the embattled city. The movie's director is Jean Jacques Annaud, and the stars are: Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman, Gabriel Thomson, Eva Mattes, Matthias Habich, and Sophie Rois. Vassili gave the Soviet troops the courage and bravery to fight despite the overwhelming odds. The best part about this movie is how it is based on the true story of the Russian hero Vassili Zaitsev. Egalitarianism in the Soviet Union and in National Socialist Germany could only allow for the cult of one personality, the supreme leader, either Stalin or Hitler.
Soon, the soldiers are loaded onto rickety boats to cross the Volga river into Stalingrad, a strategic city not only because of its location but also because its name gave it symbolic importance for Hitler and Stalin. Towards the end, it is all-Horner, however, with that insistent Rachmaninoff phrase. The additional plot stuff and the romance are kind of a shame. When he came Vassili shot him finally ending the long cat and mouse chase. The war recedes into the background as the two men, who have never had a clear glimpse of each other, tacitly agree on their ground of battle.
Danilov recruits young local boy Sacha Fillipov Gabriel Thomson , who idolizes Vassili and does small jobs for the Germans in exchange for food, to act as a double agent by passing König false information about Vassili's whereabouts, thus giving Vassili a chance to ambush the Major. When Tania and Vassili go to tell his mother what has happened Tania is was hit with shrapnel. Vassily is a peasant who has been raised by his grandfather to conserve scarce ammunition by making every shot count by bringing his prey down with a single shot. The Germans send their own legendary sniper, Koenig Ed Harris , to kill him. Khrushchev pressures Danilov to bring the sniper standoff to a conclusion.
Early scenes of the Russian army on boats being bombarded by aircraft - footsoldiers scrabbling over the sides to safety are shot by their officers for deserting - and the subsequent scramble across Stalingrad Square are writ large and spectacular, the mêlée captured in muted, harrowing tones. Even Nikita Khrushchev , looking uncannily like the real thing , the leader of the Soviet defense of Stalingrad, praises the boy, and the publicity strategy. We see the early hopelessness of the Soviet cause in shots showing terrified Russian soldiers trying to cross a river and make a landing in the face of withering fire. I have come to admire Mr Horner for his intelligence and ability to create a wonderful atmosphere in any movie he has scored. There are parts of this cd that can be interchanged with Horner's scores for the recent Troy or the not so recent Mask of Zorro. He is older, hawk-faced, clear-eyed, a professional.
We thought we were the master race, untouchable to whatever else lay wake on this planet. The battle was the bitter siege that had been sustained in and around that Russian city from August of 1942 to February of 1943. When Annaud focuses on that, the movie works with rare concentration. But the broader geopolitical implications of the battle for Stalingrad are in the background in this movie as the focus quickly shifts to the struggle between the Russian draftee, Vassily, and his German opposite, Major Konig played by Ed Harris. The offensive opened in June, took the Russians by surprise, and began to record successes. They also both become romantically interested in Tania Rachel Weisz , a citizen of Stalingrad who has become a Private in the local militia. Tania and Vassili have meanwhile fallen in love, and the jealous Danilov disparages Vassili in a letter to his superiors.
As soon as Major Konig saw a head, he attempted a shot and thought he had killed Vasiliy. Showed first 250 characters Everything is pretty realistic and complies with the situations like the elude sex scene or soldiers getting barraged with machine gun fire. Thinking her dead, Danilov laments his jealousy for Vassili and his resulting disenchantment with the communist cause. Finding Vassili waiting to ambush König, Danilov intentionally exposes himself in order to reveal the Major's position and is killed. Enemy at the Gates would have gained greatly from some link between the two men, something to make the viewer have to think. But Vassili eventually starts to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. As Russian morale sinks lower, Danilov prints a leaflet praising the heroic shepherd boy.
The German command takes the log as evidence of Vassili's death and plans to send König home, but the Major does not believe that Vassili is dead. Danilov sees Koenig's arrival as a chance for bigger and better propaganda. Everything is pretty realistic and complies with the situations like the elude sex scene or soldiers getting barraged with machine gun fire. Then the Major thinking that he had killed Vassili went to go and claim his dog tag. They have to be brought to their knees for egalitarianism to reign.
Click on a plot link to find similar books! In one battle there was an enormous amount of life lost. If I am going to write a review on this if, of course, to add something different to the proceedings. When the Red Army command learns of König's mission, they dispatch his former student Koulikov Ron Perlman to help Vassili kill him. The worst aspect of it is that it is going to confuse people about the true nature of Communism, which, of course, is the point. As they continue to fight and write a German sniper hunts down the Russian. It starts off impressively enough: Russian soliders are immediately gunned down as they arrive in Stalingrad -- if not by the enemy, then by their own officers, who kill the boys when they retreat in terror. The movie is also excessively violent.
Enemy at The Gate Movie Review, Summary, and Critique — Film Essay A hero never chooses his destiny. Vassily plays dead to escape the mayhem. It would also keep the Nazis in the war longer causing America to be in the war longer using more war materials and losing more men. One day, while on the lookout for Konig, Vasiliy somehow found him in a dilapidated building and was forced to hide behind an iron obstacle for fear of being shot by the major. While Sasha, a young Russian boy, passes between the Russian and German camps passing information to Major Koenig by bribes and using Sasha as bait and then passes information to the Russians.