During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the resistance against the French army, which immediately submits the city to massive bombardmentsKolberg" is a unique document showing a well-oiled propaganda machine collapsing in the face of its immanent demise. It achieves the opposite of its intent. The stolid face at the end of the film with the proto-Nazi flag as a backdrop is supposed to convey a sense of determined conviction but there's fear in those eyes.
Take a 40's American war drama, set it in Germany, add whiplash-inducing editing, and you get Kolberg.
I honestly wish I liked this movie. There's some good performances, sets, and history in it, but it's just too... typical to hold my attention. It does have an interesting place in history as a Nazi propaganda piece - the last of its kind - though it also doubles as simply a film meant to entertain, so kudos to the director for that, but its lack of engaging characters (aside from Nettelbeck) and typical-for-the-time sexism works too strongly against it for me.
Also, it has an unintentionally funny depiction of Napoleon and his generals, which I found entertaining.
The half star is for the introductory lecture at Kino Babylon. Apart from that this was one of the most excrutiating experiences of my life
Yes, it was made by Nazis, but change the places and personages and it could easily be about the American Revolution or the Civil War. It's your standard nationalist propaganda film from WWII, just with a main character who likes to quote Josef Goebbles.