The Mortal Storm

The Mortal Storm

DVD - 2009
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On the same day that Prof. Roth celebrates his birthday, Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. This causes a tragic rift among the guests at the professor's party. Politics come between Roth's daughter Freya & her fiance. Freya finds herself falling in love with an old friend, but their only hope for a future together is to escape to freedom across the Austrian border.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Turner Entertainment Co. : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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richibi
Jun 06, 2017

the politics of this movie, made in 1940, reflect uncannily the politics of our own time, but with the U.S.A. taking the place of Germany, you've only to change the names to make the story contemporary - wow

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 23, 2016

This 1940 film portrays the disintegration of civil society when a country decides that the Aryan race is supreme and that Jews, gays, non-whites are subhuman. People of science and free thinking are “locked-up.” Subhumans and those not agreeing with the new regime are locked up or beaten up by government thugs.The promise by the new leader is that he will make his country great again (by getting rid of all the subhumans who are bringing the country down). Does this remind you what is going on today? This is a perfect time to see this film and see what just might happen to America.

C20T11 Jul 05, 2015

Terrific Movie.!
More American kids should see this movie today so they have a idea what Freedom really means & what the WWII Veterans like My Grandfather & Uncle Sacrificed so We can enjoy the Terrific Life We Live here today in America for what they did back in 1941-1945.

Everyone has Forgotten & takes everything for Granted today it's a shame, there's no
Unity in this Country any more it's Every Man for Himself Now.

jpozenel Jul 17, 2014

Great anti-Nazi propaganda film made before the U.S. entered World War II. It looks pretty obvious that we would enter the war eventually, one way or the other at that point in time.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Mar 09, 2014

Released in 1940 - Even when viewed today, 74 years later, The Mortal Storm still manages to pack a powerful punch with its anti-Nazi message._____ Considering that back in 1940 the USA was not yet involved in the war that was raging away in Europe, I'm quite surprised that MGM Studios actually released a film of this one's nature, which clearly painted a very negative picture of the rise of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany._____ Is it any wonder that after the infuriated Adolf Hitler viewed this film he promptly ordered his Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, to have all films produced by MGM banned throughout Germany?_____ I think that it's interesting to note that neither the word "Jew" nor "Nazi" are ever spoken in this film. And never once do we see any women joining in on the fanatic political movement of Nazism._____ Set in 1933 (the year Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany), The Mortal Storm's story of escalating emotions, blind intolerance, family betrayal and Nazi loyalty takes place in a small, Bavarian university town situated at the base of the Alps._____ Filmed in b&w, this picture is certainly well-worth a view.

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aqiva
Nov 23, 2012

The catalog description leaves out the most important parts of the film and it's history: Hollywood directly addressed anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany/Austria in the movie's story and the film so infuriated the Nazi leadership that MGM movies were banned throughout Germany and Austria. It was also the last anti-Nazi movie made in Hollywood prior to the United States entering the war. Of literary and cinema-locale interest for SPL patrons: According to Wikipedia,“the film is based on the 1938 novel The Mortal Storm by the British writer Phyllis Bottome. Mountain snow scenes were filmed at Salt Lake City, Utah and Sun Valley, Idaho.”
If the catalog entry is correct, that the film does not have closed-captioning, then some to many of the most likely audience for the film: baby boomers, seniors and the elderly, will not be able to do so. (A good reason for SPL librarians who do movie purchases to pay particular attention to older and classic movies distributed by Criterion. They are the largest distributor of old and classic movies yet a huge percentage of their titles lack closed-captions or subtitles, thus disenfranchising enormous numbers of library patrons who depend on captions.

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