The Fallen

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Overview

War makes for uneasy alliances and dangerous loyalties in this period military drama. During the waning days of World War II in late 1944, German troops in the Italian Alps are struggling to defend "the Gothic Line," their ultimate line of defense, with the help of a battalion of Italian soldiers as American forces on the other side are poised to attack. While Italy may be allied with Germany in the war, many of the soldiers feel little sympathy for their cause, and the Italian villagers nearby are as frequently ...
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Overview

War makes for uneasy alliances and dangerous loyalties in this period military drama. During the waning days of World War II in late 1944, German troops in the Italian Alps are struggling to defend "the Gothic Line," their ultimate line of defense, with the help of a battalion of Italian soldiers as American forces on the other side are poised to attack. While Italy may be allied with Germany in the war, many of the soldiers feel little sympathy for their cause, and the Italian villagers nearby are as frequently in cahoots with Communist resistance fighters as with Yankee soldiers, a number of whom have Italian blood. Lt. Gunther Breukner Thomas Pohn leads the German troops, while Lt. Bruno Gianini Fabio Sartor commands the Italian reinforcements. Sgt. Ricky Malone John McVay is temporarily in charge of a band of American soldiers when a cache of supplies must be escorted to the front lines; Malone and his men must also escort an injured G.I. to a field hospital for medical attention. Sal John O'Leary, one of the American fighters, is hoping to do some business with Rossini Carmine Raspaolo, a local black marketer, before they hit the road, as Sal has confiscated some vintage wine he'd like to unload for the right price. En route to the front, Malone's troops are sidelined by the breakdown of their truck and are taken in by an Italian family for the night. While the Yankee G.I.s enjoy the attention of some attractive women from the nearby village, they also make friends with a similarly stranded Scottish officer Milton Welsch, unaware that he's actually a spy for Axis intelligence. But neither the German agent nor the American soldiers realize the family that has given them shelter is affiliated with the Communist underground. The Fallen was directed by Ari Taub, who screened an earlier version of the film in 2003 under the title "Letters from the Dead."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • UPC: 625828417504
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Peace Arch Trinity
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 85,296

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Hirt
Sergio Leone
Frank Lucari
John McVay
John O'Leary
Antonio Oliveri
Ruben Pla
Thomas Pohn
Carmine Raspaolo Rossini
Fabio Sartor Gianini
Dirk Schmidt
Brett Smith
Nicola Tranquillino
Technical Credits
Ari Taub Director, Editor
Claudia Amber Cinematographer
Dardo Toledo Barros Executive Producer
Nick Day Editor, Screenwriter
Sergei Dreznin Score Composer
Donny Epstein Co-producer
Yeeshai Gross Co-producer
John Henry Production Designer
Elie Landau Co-producer
Cyrus Lee Costumes/Costume Designer
Curtis Mattikow Producer
Charles J. Nohai Costumes/Costume Designer
Caio Ribeiro Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Stanley Taub Executive Producer
Berj Tierzian Executive Producer
Joanna Wright Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fallen
1. Chapter 1 [3:56]
2. Chapter 2 [6:12]
3. Chapter 3 [6:51]
4. Chapter 4 [6:59]
5. Chapter 5 [7:17]
6. Chapter 6 [5:51]
7. Chapter 7 [8:33]
8. Chapter 8 [14:12]
9. Chapter 9 [14:33]
10. Chapter 10 [17:34]
11. Chapter 11 [11:10]
12. Chapter 12 [7:02]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The fallen

    The Fallen is one of the best and most realsitic war films iv'e seen. It was a joy from start to finish. It gives viewers a chance to fall in love with characters and not hollywood special effects. Top noch movie in my book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fallen

    American,Italian and German soldiers are revealed not as stereotypes but as unique individuals with human qualities. It's hard to take sides and we are forced to come to the conclusion that war is hell for all and unless we see each other as human beings, war will be the inevitable destruction of all mankind. Director Ari Taub has brilliantly made the point without political commentary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WAR AS A CHARACTER STUDY

    An extremely important and timely look into the psychology of war. In the vein of "Das Boot" and "Paradise Now," "The Fallen" is a character study about different factions of soldiers who fought in WWII. Completely devoid of politics and stigma, "The Fallen" takes you inside the minds of those whom we might traditionally label 'the enemy' and reveals the humanity, the struggles and the commonalities between us all, regardless of what 'side' of the war we are on. It makes you stop to wonder, what indeed is an 'enemy' and who defines it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fallen

    Ari Taub's film is a masterpiece of filmography showing World War II in the eyes of American, German and Italian soldiers all pitted against each other on the Gothic Line. One gets to feel compassion for all these young men who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. We have the Americans who have come to liberate Italy from its German occupiers. The Germans are faced with certain defeat but we get to meet some interesting and caring characters who in a peace time situation might become our very close friends. Ari Taub has found the humanity in an inhuman situation and in a very poignant way shows the futility of war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A superb film that gives us a rarely glimpsed look at how war effects soldiers on both sides of the fight.

    The Fallen is a challenging film that rewards the efforts of an audience that gives it a chance. Unlike a mindless big budget blockbuster, The Fallen gives us an intimate look into the lives of the enemy (the Germans and Italians) as well as the lives of the good guys (the Americans and the Italian partisans). Judgement is not passed on the soldiers on either side as their stories unfold before us. Each soldier speaks in their native language, with the Germans and Italians subtitled in English. The documentary-like imagery adds to the feeling of being there on the Gothic Line and makes the eventual outcome all the more painful to watch. I highly recommend this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I thoroughly enjoyed this film!

    The Fallen is an excellent war film in the tradition of The Young Lions. Ari Taub delivers a realistic look and approach to the soldiers in World War II. One has the feeling of seeing old, documentary footage. The acting and writing is superb. It's "weakness" of not having a "name" cast is actually it's strength, because one accepts the characters as real people. For war film buffs, this is a real treat!

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