Killing Heydrich

Killing Heydrich

DVD - 2017
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1942: The Third Reich is at its peak. The Czech resistance in London decides to plan the most ambitious military operation of WWII: Anthropoid. Two young recruits in their late twenties, Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, are sent to Prague to assassinate the most ruthless Nazi leader - Reich-protector Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the SS, the Gestapo, and the architect of the 1Final Solution2.
Publisher: [Montreal, QC] :, VVS Films,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION KIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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akirakato
Apr 29, 2019

Co-written and directed by Cédric Jimenez in 2016 based on the 2010 novel "HHhH" by Laurent Binet, this English-language French-Belgian docudrama depicts the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.
The film follows the history of the operation and the lives of its antagonist (Reinhard Heydrich) and two protagonists (Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš).
Actione-packed and fast-paced, it makes you keep at the edge of your seat and love to hate Reinhard Heydrich to his bare bone.

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NikiBP
Oct 09, 2018

Good info, but way too graphic.

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Biblitz
Sep 03, 2018

Some razor sharp editing in this film account of Operation Anthropoid https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anthropoid- a work no doubt created to address today's globalist disinformation particularly in the wake of a new invasion and particularly by teachers, who would rewrite or ignore altogether Nazi Germany's role in WW2.

Decent of the French author to acknowledge that the great Resistance was not at all peculiar to France.

Very difficult to watch the lovely Rose Pike rut with her hideous Nazi thug.

Troubling somehow how convincingly actors portray Nazi thugs and, alas, those who snitched to them, imagining they save anyone anything.

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CaptainHecto
May 19, 2018

Two films about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich came out within a year of each other. This one, based on Laurent Binet's 'HHhH,' is far superior to its rival 'Anthropoid'. It starts as a biopic tracing Heydrich's career and the key role of his future wife, Lina von Osten, who is wonderfully portrayed by Rosamund Pike, far and away the best player in the film. The assassination and its preparations are realistically depicted, and the subsequent firefight in the church is much better than the endless Hollywood shoot-out in 'Anthropoid.' Fine direction by Cédric Jiminez gives the film an arresting 'period look.' Unfortunately, like 'Anthropoid' there is insufficient discussion among the resistance fighters of the moral dilemma posed by the assassination plan: will killing Heydrich, which is a purely symbolic act, be worth sacrificing the lives of thousands of Czechs who will be executed in German reprisals?

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gloogai
Apr 17, 2018

I liked it. I've seen at least two other films dealing with this assassination, but this one did not have the 'look and feel' of another documentary. Rather, it was structured almost like two parallel stories. 'Part 1' was a thorough attempt to examine Heydrich as a man, a husband, father and career officer. I thought this was well done, original, and thought-provoking. 'Part 2' was a close examination of the resistance people involved in the plot, and what they had to go through. Also, a very sensitive look at people dealing with absolutely extraordinary circumstances.

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