Der Tunnel (2001)

Posted: August 27, 2012 in Joe Giambrone
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A tense, emotional historical drama that I recommend. Der Tunnel tells the story of the very first tunnel from West Berlin into East Berlin, expressly for the purpose of smuggling out loved ones from East Germany. The characters are driven, to the point of obsession, into accomplishing an almost impossible task without any industrial or government sponsorship.

What is most resonant about this film is the political question at the heart of the matter.  People are risking their lives and even dying in order to get out of the Soviet-controlled East Germany.  The East Germans constructed a militarized wall in order to keep their own people in, as opposed to keeping invaders out.  This reality is at the core of the issue and is the backdrop to everything that springs from it on screen.

The infant police state, the STASI, is also portrayed, and a sophisticated cat and mouse game plays out, supposedly true to the real history. The Tunnel is a well done true to life film where the ending is very tense, exciting with a twist that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

A few other good, very cinematic, historical re-enactments include The Lives of Others, Valkyrie, Sophie Scholl, The Bunker, Carlos and Ip Man.

 

 

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